Curbing Illicit Financial Flows in Afghanistan

Integrity Watch Afghanistan, 2015

54 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2020 Last revised: 24 Nov 2020

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Mehdi J. Hakimi

Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Stanford Law School

Date Written: December 1, 2015


This publication explores the challenges and prospects of curbing illicit financial flows (IFFs) in Afghanistan. The research examines various issues relating to IFFs including, inter alia, corruption, drug trade, money laundering, terrorism financing, and the hawala system. Afghanistan’s legal and regulatory framework in addressing IFFs is analyzed, including compliance with regional and international benchmarks such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards.

Keywords: Afghanistan, Illicit Financial Flows, IFFs, Corruption, Drug Trade, Money Laundering, Terrorism, Terrorist Financing, Hawala, AML/CFT Legal Framework. Financial Action Task Force, FATF Standards, Banking, Finance, Economic Development

Suggested Citation

Hakimi, Mehdi J., Curbing Illicit Financial Flows in Afghanistan (December 1, 2015). Integrity Watch Afghanistan, 2015, Available at SSRN:

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