Category: KLEPTOCRACY

How democracies can exploit dictatorships’ soft, kleptocratic underbelly

     

The spread of kleptocracy, or “rule by thieves,” has harmed the poorest and most vulnerable populations worldwide most of all. But it also destabilizes entire regions, creating new fertile recruiting… Read more »

Is kleptocracy an existential threat to democracy?

     

The British journalist Oliver Bullough’s “Moneyland,” provides a glimpse into a shadow system of trillions of dollars of hidden assets that transcends nations, feeds corruption and “quietly but effectively” is… Read more »

Russia Scenarios 2030: don’t neglect ordinary citizens

     

The hope for a more viable democratic political force in Russia depends on resilience of Western democracies, according to a new report. The façade of stability and strength of the… Read more »

Russia’s crony capitalism: from market economy to kleptocracy?

     

Russia’s main problem isn’t populism, but elitism in two basic forms, says analyst Emil Pain, the paternalist one in the state based on tradition and the “snobbish” version held many… Read more »

Targeted sanctions a critical tool against strategic adversaries

     

Targeted sanctions have been a critical tool for policy-makers, whether in countering a kleptocratic Kremlin or in upholding democracy in a post-Western order. Decision-makers have deployed sanctions against strategic adversaries and national security threats… Read more »

Corruption report shows need to ‘go tougher’ on Venezuela’s kleptocracy

     

Venezuela’s socialist regime used the nation’s state-run oil industry as a protection racket in a years’ long, systematic scheme to buy political loyalty across the hemisphere while shortchanging its own… Read more »

Kleptocracy’s ‘stark implications’ for democracy

     

The two main candidates vying to lead Africa’s most populous nation after elections this weekend offer very different choices for reforming this vital industry, between public or private sector-led development…. Read more »

Will U.S. support Malaysia’s fragile democratic experiment?

     

The breakout of real democracy in a Muslim-majority Asian country has gone largely unnoticed here in Washington, but we ignore it at our own peril. Malaysia’s fragile democratic experiment is a crucial… Read more »

How Russian-style kleptocracy is infiltrating democracies

     

When the U.S.S.R. collapsed, Washington bet on the global spread of democratic capitalist values—and lost, argues analyst Franklin Foer. The looting elites of the former Soviet Union were far from… Read more »