Allison Owen

Associate Fellow - Expert in cryptocurrency and counter-proliferation finance


Allison is an Associate Fellow at RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies. Her primary research projects focus on the policy and security dimensions of cryptocurrency and new payment methods.

Allison leads RUSI’s work on cryptocurrency and counter-proliferation finance, focusing on North Korea’s use of crypto to evade sanctions, and provides guidance for the private and public sector to understand and mitigate associated threats.

Prior to joining RUSI, Allison worked as an electrical engineer at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies. She also worked as a graduate research assistant at the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism.

She holds a Master of Arts in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, a Master of Arts in International Affairs from MGIMO University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas. Allison is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

External publications

Cryptocurrency will not save Putin from sanctions

Russia is now facing the most restrictive sanctions regime in its history, but despite speculation to the contrary, Moscow is unlikely to find shelter in cryptocurrencies. - By Aaron Arnold, Allison Owen | March 1, 2022, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist