Juan C. Zarate

Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism

  • Juan C. Zarate`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Juan C. Zarate`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Washington DC, USA

  • Juan C. Zarate`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Juan C. Zarate`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Washington DC, USA

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National Security Challenges, Global Risk, and Emerging Opportunities in an Age of Terror and Uncertaint

In an age of terrorism, growing threats from rogue states, non-state actors, and intensifying globalization, Juan Zarate – the U.S. government’s counterterrorism czar – explains current threats and trends, those on the horizon, and the risks...

In an age of terrorism, growing threats from rogue states, non-state actors, and intensifying globalization, Juan Zarate – the U.S. government’s counterterrorism czar – explains current threats and trends, those on the horizon, and the risks and opportunities to governments and businesses operating in a global environment. With deep experience in managing U.S. domestic and international responses to transnational threats from the White House, Zarate puts these issues – from terrorism and piracy to cyberthreats and nuclear proliferation – in strategic and economic context, while explaining the systemic and interconnected nature of the challenges the United States and its allies face. There are few who understand as broadly and deeply as Zarate the national and homeland security implications of the threats we will be facing for years to come and the likely responses and opportunities that will arise as a result.

 

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Understanding the Financial Furies: Economic Sanctions, Financial Regulation, and the Evolution of Smart Financial Power

The international financial system and economy have undergone enormous change and stress during the current economic downturn, and – as a result – they will be subject to increased international regulation and government intervention. This new ...

The international financial system and economy have undergone enormous change and stress during the current economic downturn, and – as a result – they will be subject to increased international regulation and government intervention. This new environment will create additional burdens and opportunities for the private sector, while governments will be more reliant on additional sanctions and regulations to protect the integrity and security of the financial system. This will feed a new brand of financial power determined by reputational risk and market forces, economic sanctions, and financial regulation, which will be used to pressure and isolate terrorists, drug traffickers, money launderers, international organized criminals, and rogue states. Zarate – who helped establish this new brand of smart financial power as the first assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes – oversaw the largest expansion of the anti-money laundering system in the U.S. since the 1980s. With that experience, he addresses the evolution of the global regulatory structure, the increasing use of financial influence in national security, and the likely costs to the private sector.

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The Expanding Role and Importance of the Private Sector, Transnational, and Non-State Actors in Homeland and International Security

Governments around the world rely heavily on the private sector to address security-related issues of local, regional, and global concern. From physical and systems security to data integration and analysis, private sector entities are asked to play a...

Governments around the world rely heavily on the private sector to address security-related issues of local, regional, and global concern. From physical and systems security to data integration and analysis, private sector entities are asked to play a more direct role in countering increasingly complex threats. In addition, the work of non-state actors, like NGOs and international commercial ventures, are viewed as critical elements of national security. This trend is especially important as state and non-state networks and actors work to thwart national defenses. With growing reliance on the private sector, governments will also be creating opportunities for greater investment by the private sector in all facets of homeland security. Zarate – who managed policies related to transnational threats in the White House and led outreach to the private sector in his career as a senior Treasury official – addresses the growing reliance by governments on the private sector to address a wide range of issues including homeland security, data and information analysis, counter-radicalization, maritime security, infrastructure protection, supply-chain security, financial regulation, and smart development.

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Managing, Innovating and Executing in Times of Crisis and Transition

In turbulent economic times, it is critical to manage crises with an eye toward emerging stronger and with a clear focus and capacity to succeed in the new environment. Juan Zarate – who helped establish the Office of Terrorism and Financial ...

In turbulent economic times, it is critical to manage crises with an eye toward emerging stronger and with a clear focus and capacity to succeed in the new environment. Juan Zarate – who helped establish the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Department of the Treasury – speaks to the historic transitions at the Treasury Department after 9/11, the steps taken to downsize and restructure Treasury’s mission, and the resulting paradigmatic shift in the way the U.S. government and world leverage financial power. Zarate explains how a small group of individuals banded together under enormous pressure to rebuild Treasury’s role in the national security field by leading efforts to isolate terrorist financiers. Zarate also addresses how he led the government’s counterterrorism community, helped reshape U.S. government policies; coordinated the military, intelligence, diplomatic, financial, and law enforcement communities; and innovated new strategies to address the evolving threats facing the international community.

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The Future of National Economic Security

With his experience at the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Department of the Treasury, Juan Zarate explains the history of our economic security, how it compares to our present situation, and what we will see in the future. He ...

With his experience at the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Department of the Treasury, Juan Zarate explains the history of our economic security, how it compares to our present situation, and what we will see in the future. He discusses whether we are safer as a nation now than we have been in the past and what affects our threat level. An expert at the intersection of finance and security, Zarate also explains how businesses are now playing a central role in national security. He discusses how governments and the business world will increasingly collaborate in order to address the undercurrents of conflict that jeopardize the security of business and everyday life.

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The Changing Nature of Security

Before the spread of terrorism, our country’s enemies had a face and a name. We could identify the Nazis and locate the Soviet Union on a map. Today’s biggest security threats are very different. Battling terror networks that proliferate ...

Before the spread of terrorism, our country’s enemies had a face and a name. We could identify the Nazis and locate the Soviet Union on a map. Today’s biggest security threats are very different. Battling terror networks that proliferate over multiple continents and through cyberspace requires a different methodology than what we have used and dealt with in the past. Juan Zarate, with his vast experience as national security advisor and on the National Security Council, has both the breadth and depth of knowledge required to tackle such a complex issue as the changing nature of our nation’s security. An expert at the intersection of finance and security, Zarate takes audiences through the old way of thinking and challenges what we know, what we need to know, and what we need to be thinking about in today’s security environment.

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About Keynote Speaker Juan C. Zarate

Juan Zarate’s Key Accomplishments Include . . .
Juan Carlos Zarate, Esq. is a senior advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the senior national security consultant and analyst for CBS News. As Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism during the George W. Bush administration, Zarate is a unique speaker due to his ability to address both issues of high-level, strategic concerns and their nitty-gritty details. He addresses national security, finance, crisis management, global risk, and the financial methods of fighting terrorism.

A noted expert on national security, Juan Zarate served as the deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism from 2005 to 2009. In this role, Zarate was responsible for developing and overseeing the effective implementation of the U.S. government’s counterterrorism strategy. He was also responsible for overseeing all policies related to transnational security threats, including counternarcotics, maritime security, hostages, international organized crime, money laundering, and critical energy infrastructure protection.

A noted commentator on national security issues, with a weekly show for CBS News called Flash Points, Zarate is a recognized author with several publications, including Harnessing the Financial Furies: Smart Financial Power and National Security, a book on the impact of U.S. foreign policy on democratization in Central America entitled Forging Democracy and The Emergence of New Dog of War, a groundbreaking article on the growing use of private military and security companies by nation states.

More About Speaker, Juan Zarate . . 
Prior to joining the National Security Council, Juan Zarate served as the first assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes. At the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI), he led the Treasury’s domestic and international efforts to attack terrorist financing, build comprehensive anti-money laundering systems, and expand the use of Treasury powers to advance national security interests. This included the development of a new brand of financial power that has been used to pressure North Korea, Iran, and other rogue actors.

Zarate also led the U.S. government’s global efforts to hunt Saddam Hussein’s assets, resulting in the return of more than $3 billion of Iraqi assets from the U.S. and around the world. For his service, Zarate received the Treasury Medal.

Prior to working at the Department of the Treasury, Zarate served as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Terrorism and Violent Crime Section, where he worked on terrorism cases, including the USS Cole investigation. Zarate previously worked as a federal law clerk for Chief Judge Judith Keep in the Southern District of California.

Juan Zarate is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, a cum laude graduate and current professor at Harvard Law School, and a Rotary International Fellow at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

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Dec 3, 2014

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There’s a New Sheriff in Town at the Vatican Finance Dept. and It’s Not His First Showdown. Questions? Contact Us...

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