START has undertaken a new (and novel) analysis of terrorist financing. The organization has created a new dataset of geocoded entities drawn from state and international lists of sanctioned individuals and entities. While there are not a lot of surprises (Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the United States feature strongly as geographies of terrorist financing), the analysis provides a helpful visual. Some caution should be exercised in using this analysis, however. It is heavily dependent on US lists (and US-influenced lists), and as such reflects US bias in terrorist financing. Further, the analysis only accounts for presence on a list, not volume of transaction; as a result, while a country may only have one listed entity, that entity could (in theory) be responsible for significantly more terrorist financing (measure in value) than other countries with multiple listed entities. Despite these critiques, the analysis is useful and interesting, and I hope that START continues along these lines.

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