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This short and accessible volume will provide an analytical description detailing the origins of the not-for-profit financial institution: The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (S.W.I.F.T.). SWIFT is a core part of the financial services infrastructure and widely regarded as the most secure trusted third party network in the world serving 200 countries with over 8000 users. In this book the authors will focus on how the design and current state of SWIFT was influenced by its historical origins, presenting a comprehensive account in a succinct form which provides an informative guide to the history, structure, activities and future challenges of this key international organization. This work will be of great interest to students and scholars in a wide range of fields including IPE, comparative political economy, international economics, business studies and business history.