Category: corruption

How to take authoritarian anti-corruption seriously

     

Life for Isabel dos Santos appears to be an endless round of international conferences, meetings with celebrities and the run-of-the-mill experiences of the average billionaire philanthropist, although  critics claim that she… Read more »

Is Russia’s ‘new civic activism’ testing Putin’s grip on power?

     

  More people in Russia view the late Brezhnev era of the Soviet Union as “close to the people” than they do President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, according to a survey… Read more »

Democracy vs. kleptocracy

     

Democracy may be facing a crisis, but…. Now is a time “for resolve, not panic,” says Stanford University’s Larry Diamond. In his  latest book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage,… Read more »

Top defectors reveal ‘systematic’ torture, kleptocracy and Cuban control in Venezuela

     

  Venezuelan Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello on Saturday predicted U.S. Marines will “likely” enter the South American country, speaking a week after a confrontation between aircraft belonging to… Read more »

Corruption impacts society’s poorest and most vulnerable the hardest

     

  More than one in four people who accessed public services during the previous year had to pay a bribe, according to the new Global Corruption Barometer – Africa 2019, released… Read more »

How to dismantle the authoritarian-corruption nexus

     

The effects of authoritarianism are amplified and obfuscated by growing economic interconnectivity. Combating authoritarianism and addressing the dark networks that support its consolidation are the unavoidable strategic challenges to global… Read more »

Is liberal democracy under threat in the Czech Republic?

     

On June 23, organizers estimate that more than 250,000 protesters in Prague gathered to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš — and for loosening the control of the… Read more »

The Edge of Democracy: corruption a catalyst for slippery slope to populism

     

One of the most important economic and security topics of our time—kleptocracy and how to mitigate it – can be addressed by using economic transparency, analyst Clay R. Fuller told the… Read more »

Democratic renewal can counter ‘Ill Winds’ of autocracy and complacency

     

Larry Diamond has spent 40 years circumnavigating the globe promoting democracy in Nigeria, Venezuela and some 70 other countries. Yet today he is aghast, notes Gary J. Bass, a professor… Read more »