C4ADS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues.
They use cutting-edge technologies to manage, integrate, and analyze disparate data from diverse languages, regions, and sources, incorporating their own field research from conflict zones and fragile states. They seek to engage with local and international audiences and produce compelling analysis on conflict and security issues. In doing so, they fill a critical gap left by traditional public sector and profit-driven institutions.
Transnational Organized Crime
Global criminal networks move hundreds of billions of dollars in contraband annually, threatening to undermine the rule of law and the integrity of the surrounding financial and political institutions. States emerging from conflict are most vulnerable to this illicit economic exploitation. They focus on mapping illicit networks and identifying ties to licit institutions, where law enforcement and sanctions are most effective.
International financial institutions are increasingly subject to exploitation by criminal enterprises. Billions of dollars are laundered through licit global financial systems to sustain activities that threaten international peace and security. They follow the money using open-source data-driven analysis and nontraditional investigative techniques to identify financial flows that sustain violence and corruption around the world.
Rogue nations and non-state actors use illicit networks to procure strategic services and military hardware. These networks deliberately operate in opaque jurisdictions where traditional analytical approaches are ineffective. They understand what data is available, where to extract it from, and how it can best be used to expose procurement networks across international boundaries and legal jurisdictions.
Supply Chain Security
Sourcing raw materials, delivering development aid, or investing in frontier markets all require navigating deliberately opaque business environments that expose companies to significant risk of illicit activity. Our analytical approach can help private-sector organizations overcome the challenges experienced when performing traditional due diligence assessments and auditing of distribution or procurement chains in conflict environments.
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