Loretta Napoleoni

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Loretta Napoleoni
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Website http://lorettanapoleoni.net

Loretta Napoleoni (born 1955) is an Italian journalist and political analyst. She reports on the financing of terrorism and proposed a back of the envelope calculation about the financing of terrorism.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Napoleoni was born and raised in Rome, Italy. She is an active member of the feminist and marxist movements from the mid 1970s. She was a Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and a Rotary Scholar at the London School of Economics (LSE).[2] She has a M.Phil. in Terrorism Studies from the University of East London, and a Master's in International Relations from SAIS.[3]

As an economist Napoleoni has worked for several banks and international organizations in Europe and the United States[citation needed]. In the early 1980s she worked at the National Bank of Hungary on the convertibility of the Hungarian forint that became the blue print for the convertibility of the ruble a decade later.[4]

As well as lecturing regularly[citation needed]on the financing of terrorism at Cambridge Judge Business School, Napoleoni advises several governments on counter-terrorism[citation needed].[5] As chairman of the counter terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid, she brought heads of state from around the world together to create a new strategy for combatting the financing of terror networks.[6]

Napoleoni lives in London, England, and Whitefish, Montana, with her husband and children.


She is a member of the scientific committee[dead link][citation needed] of the Fundación Ideas para el Progreso[7] Spain's Socialist Party's think tank and she is partner of Oxfam Italia.[8] From 2007 to 2010 she has been Director of the first[citation needed] Italian investigative journalism course[9] and presented her book at Cambridge University's Judge Business School.[10][dead link][citation needed]


Napoleoni's writing appears regularly in many journals and publications, including several Italian newspapers such as il Caffe,[11] La Repubblica,[12] and Il Fatto Quotidiano.[13] She has worked as a foreign correspondent and columnist for the Spanish newspaper El Pais..[14]

Her best-selling book Terror Incorporated was translated into 12 languages, Dossier Baghdad is a financial thriller set during the Persian Gulf War, and she has also published a nonfiction book about Iraq: Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation. Rogue Economics, was published in 2008.

The Italian edition of her book Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do won the 2010 Book of the Year Prize from the Italian Association for Economics as well as the 2011 Singapore Critics Choice Best Nonfiction on Economics Prize.[15]Maonomics was published in 10 countries and in Italy by RCS MediaGroup.[16]

Loretta also writes articles for newspapers and journals including Le Monde, The Guardian,[17] Il Venerdi di Repubblica, l'Espresso, l'Unità, and Wired Italia. One such article appeared in L'Osservatore Romano: ”Dalla finanza islamica proposte e idee per l'Occidente in crisi” (Subtitle: An alternative mechanism for basic credit with an ethical code, .. di credito basati su un codice etico.) in which she recommends the Vatican to consider Sharia compliant loans. She thinks that ”In islamic finance ... there is no speculation." Source: ZDFinfo (German TV channel; YouTube)


  • — (2005). Terror Incorporated : Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks (1st U.S. ed.). New York: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 9781583226735. 
  • — (2005). Insurgent Iraq : Al Zarqawi and the New Generation (1. North American ed.). New York: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 978-1583227053. 
  • — (2008). Rogue Economics : Capitalism's New Reality (A Seven Stories Press 1st ed.). New York: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 978-1583228241. 
  • — (2010). Terrorism and the Economy : How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World (1st English language ed.). New York: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 978-1583228951. 
  • — (2011). 10 Years that Shook the World a Timeline of Events from 2001 (Seven stories press 1st ed.). New York: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 9781609804121. 
  • — (2011). Maonomics : Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do. Translated by Stephen Twilley; foreword by Greg Palast. Crawley, W.A.: UWA Publishing. ISBN 9781742582924. 
  • — (2011). The Contagion (Il Contagio). Italy,Germany,Spain: Rizzoli. 
  • — (2013). Democracy For Sale (Democrazia Vendesi). Italy,Spain. 
  • — (2014). The Islamist Phoenix: Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East (1st U.S. ed.). New York: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 9781609806286. 


  1. ^ Napoleoni, Loretta (2005). Terror Incorporated. Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1583226737. 
  2. ^ Napoleoni, Loretta. "About Loretta". Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Napoleoni, Loretta. "About Loretta". Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Stock, Sarah (26 August 2010). "Terrorism Economics". University of Sydney. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Clarke, Charlotte (8 May 2012). "Ten Questions". Financial Times. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Summit Participants". Club Madrid Summit. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.fundacionideas.es/en/scientific_commitee
  8. ^ "Incontri con Loretta Napoleoni". Oxfam Italia. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Loretta Napoleoni, Author, Economist & Political Analyst: Terrorism and global economies | News, knowledge and insight". Jbs.cam.ac.uk. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  11. ^ Napoleoni, Loretta (September 2014). "Isis. Forza e pericoli dello Stato del terrore". il Caffe. 
  12. ^ Napoleoni, Loretta (June 2012). "Napoleoni: "Se riparte Parma riparte l'Italia" L'economista al lavoro con Pizzarotti". La Repubblica. 
  13. ^ Napoleoni, Loretta (November 2014). "Crisi economica o di sovranità politica? Se la Commissione europea fa abuso di potere". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). 
  14. ^ Napoleoni, Loretta (August 2014). "La tercera guerra mundial". El Pais. 
  15. ^ Napoleoni, Loretta (October 2012). "Maonomics". Loretta Napoleoni. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Maonomics". Rizzoli. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "May Europe's multicultural new generation succeed where we failed". Guardian.co.uk. January 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 


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