Whitney, Chandler

Senior, Driehaus College of Business

Major: Accounting

Minors: Management, Finance

Honors Course: HON 305: Senior Seminar

Faculty: Thomas Mockaitis, Department of History

Abstract: Terrorist organizations such as the Taliban need money to operate. With a total estimated annual revenue of $1.6B per year, where does all of the money come from? In order to better understand how the Taliban functions financially, Chandler analyzes the numerous known income streams for the group, including: taxation, extortion, exports and trade, real estate, other foreign sources, and charitable contributions. Given the common denominator of land amongst the various sources of financing, the Taliban’s control over territory and citizens in Afghanistan and Pakistan is what allows the organization to be in the financial position they are today.

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