Constantly evolving by the day, terrorism threatens global peace and security, and its capital-intensive nature, consequently drives sub-regional terror groups to explore diverse funding sources, both legal and illegal. Terrorism thrives on money, and without it, terrorists are unable to function due to the high operational and logistical costs.
Money, hence, serves as the lifeblood of terrorist activities in West Africa, and the world at large. Terrorism destabilizes nations, undermines economic development, democracy, rule of law, fundamental human rights and human dignity, and its devastating ramifications thereof, have, over time, become a growing concern to society.
The present book, mindful of the evolving terror threat to West Africa’s stability and security, explores the fundamental drivers of terrorist financing in West Africa; investigates the modus operandi, techniques, tactics, and funding sources of sub-regional terrorist groups; examines the motives of supporters, sponsors, and financiers of terrorist financing in West Africa; probes the vulnerabilities confronting West Africa’s anti-terror financing initiatives; and explores potent ways of empowering national and regional institutions, to enable them to address the threat of sub-regional terrorism and its financing.
Jones K. Boakye is a dynamic, diligent, dedicated, industrious, unassuming, and astute gentleman, mostly driven by passion and conviction, in pursuit of his undertakings. Works as a Foreign Service Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana, and has, thrice in his career, served as First Secretary/Finance & Accounts, in Burkina Faso, France, and recently in Zimbabwe.
He holds an External Diploma in Translation, from the School of Translators (Accra, Ghana); a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business, from Must University (San Francisco, United States); a Master of Arts Degree in Bilingual Translation, from the University of Cape Coast (Cape Coast, Ghana); and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, from Centre d`Études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (Paris, France). His research areas of interest include regional peace and security, counter-terrorism and anti-terror financing initiatives. His hobbies are football, research, and picnicking.