Mogadishu, Somalia: Photography by C4ADS

About Us

 

C4ADS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues.

We use cutting-edge technologies to manage, integrate, and analyze disparate data from diverse languages, regions, and sources, incorporating our own field research from conflict zones and fragile states. We seek to engage with local and international audiences and produce compelling analysis on conflict and security issues. In doing so, we fill a critical gap left by traditional public sector and profit-driven institutions.


Focus Areas

Transnational Organized Crime

Global criminal networks move hundreds of billions of dollars in contraband annually, threatening to undermine the rule of law and the integrity of the surrounding financial and political institutions. States emerging from conflict are most vulnerable to this illicit economic exploitation. We focus on mapping illicit networks and identifying ties to licit institutions, where law enforcement and sanctions are most effective.

 

Threat Finance 

International financial institutions are increasingly subject to exploitation by criminal enterprises. Billions of dollars are laundered through licit global financial systems to sustain activities that threaten international peace and security. We follow the money using open-source data-driven analysis and nontraditional investigative techniques to identify financial flows that sustain violence and corruption around the world.



Proliferation Networks

Rogue nations and non-state actors use illicit networks to procure strategic services and military hardware. These networks deliberately operate in opaque jurisdictions where traditional analytical approaches are ineffective. We understand what data is available, where to extract it from, and how it can best be used to expose procurement networks across international boundaries and legal jurisdictions. 

 

Supply Chain Security  

Sourcing raw materials, delivering development aid, or investing in frontier markets all require navigating deliberately opaque business environments that expose companies to significant risk of illicit activity. Our analytical approach can help private-sector organizations overcome the challenges experienced when performing traditional due diligence assessments and auditing of distribution or procurement chains in conflict environments.


 

 


Analytical Technology

Capabilities

 

Languages Spoken

ArcGIS

CASOS ORA

Palantir

Python

QGIS

 

Mandarin

Russian

Somali

Spanish

Swahili

Tajik

Urdu

Arabic

Farsi

French

Hindi

Japanese

Kikongo

Lingala

 

 

OVERSEAS EXPERIENCe

Afghanistan

Bosnia and Herzegovina

China

DR Congo

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

India

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kenya

Korea

Lebanon

Mali

Mexico

Myanmar

Pakistan

Russia

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Somalia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Tajikistan

Tanzania

United Kingdom

Ukraine

Uganda

Yemen


Technology Partners