Debra LaPrevotte Aurora Ortega Kimberly Donovan Mark N. Katz

The Criminal Activities that Underpin Russia and Iran’s Growing Alliance

A Talk by Prof. Mark N. Katz , Debra LaPrevotte , Kimberly Donovan and Aurora Ortega

About this Talk

Russia’s alliance with Iran has exponentially grown since the beginning of the war with Ukraine. From sanctions evasion to procurement networks, the criminal activities that underpin Russia and Iran’s growing cooperation are presenting unique challenges for policymakers, military officials, and law enforcement alike. While the U.S. and allied countries have provided Ukraine with military support and levied hundreds of economic and trade actions against Russia, Iran has enabled Moscow to undermine these international efforts via a combination of its criminal tradecraft, networks, and corrupt dealings. Meanwhile, the ripple effects of this alliance are beginning to be felt in the Middle East with Russia’s silent encroachment, and also worldwide due to the consequences of the dark fleet used by both Russia and Iran to evade sanctions.

18 October 2023, 05:30 PM

05:30 PM - 06:45 PM

About The Speakers

Mark N. Katz

Prof. Mark N. Katz

Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government


Debra LaPrevotte

Debra LaPrevotte

A Nation for Thieves Podcast


Kimberly Donovan

Kimberly Donovan

Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center

Donovan is an expert in US national security, financial crime, AML/CFT, sanctions programs, and regulatory actions from her experience serving in the US Department of the Treasury, White House, and Intelligence Community.


Aurora Ortega

Aurora Ortega