Juan Zarate

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(spook, “terror expert”)
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Alma materHarvard University, Universidad de Salamanca
Member ofCenter for Strategic and International Studies/Board and Staff, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, McLarty Associates
Worked on expanding the use of Treasury powers to advance national security interests. U.S. representative to get control over the Vatican's finances.

Juan Carlos Zarate is a spooky US attorney. He chairs and co-founded the Financial Integrity Network, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, and is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In his previous role, Zarate worked on the George Bush administration's "counterterrorism" strategy.[1][2]

Early life and education

The son of a Mexican father and Cuban mother, Zarate was born and raised in Santa Ana, California and graduated from Mater Dei High School.[3] Zarate graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He studied as a Rotary International Fellow at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

Zarate wrote his thesis on the effects of U.S. foreign policy on democracy in Latin America. In law school, he focused on international law and security issues and wrote his third-year paper on the use of private military contractors in war.[4]


Prior to joining the NSC, Zarate was the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes where he led Treasury's domestic and international efforts to disrupt terrorist financing, built comprehensive anti-money laundering systems, and expanded the use of Treasury powers to advance national security interests.[1] He led the U.S. government's global efforts to seize Saddam Hussein's assets, resulting in the return of over $3 billion of Iraqi assets from the U.S. and around the world.[1]

Prior to working at the Department of the Treasury, Zarate served as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Terrorism and Violent Crime Section, where he worked on the USS Cole investigation.[5]

In June 2014, he accepted an appointment to the Board that oversees the Vatican's Institute for the Works of Religion ("IOR"), a move announced by Cardinal Pell of the Vatican Finance Ministry as part of Pope Francis I's efforts to clean up the finances of the Vatican.[6] Zarate currently sits on the advisory board for nonprofit America Abroad Media.[7]


Zarate is the author of two books: Forging Democracy, a book on the impact of U.S. foreign policy on democratization in Central America (ISBN 0-8191-9527-8),[8] and Treasury's War: The Unleashing Of A New Era Of Financial Warfare, about the use of financial power to counter terrorism (ISBN 1610391152).[9]


Event Participated in

Call to Action: CSIS-LSHTM High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation19 October 202019 October 2020Strategic public-private master plan for medical censorship and vaccine persuasion.


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