C4ADS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues. C4ADS use cutting-edge technologies to manage, integrate, and analyze disparate data from diverse languages, regions, and sources, incorporating its own field research from conflict zones and fragile states. C4ADS seek to engage with local and international audiences and produce compelling analysis on conflict and security issues. In doing so, it fills a critical gap left by traditional public sector and profit-driven institutions.
Corrupt business and political elites as well as transnational criminal organizations use global systems of finance, trade, and logistics to generate and launder funds, park assets in safe jurisdictions, and otherwise perpetuate their illicit activities. The Organized Crime and Grand Corruption cell seeks to map the networks engaging in these activities through collection and analysis of public records and collaboration with local partners. Current focus areas include: asset flight in Latin America, forced labor in Southeast Asia, and money laundering in Eastern Europe.