Rule of Law

Corruption, Climate Change, and Vulnerability in Small Island States

As international funding to support environmental management and development increases, the danger of associated corruption grows and requires greater attention. Small-island developing states (SIDS), greatly exposed to the damage caused by climate change, are particularly vulnerable.

Russian Corruption: The Kremlin Fails to Tackle Its Biggest Problem

The paradox of a Russian state that is outwardly strong but internally weak has persisted for centuries, from Ivan the Terrible to Mikhail Gorbachev. Vladimir Putin is the latest embodiment of this quintessentially Russian conundrum. Aggressive foreign policy has won him accolades at home and awed many around the world, yet he has been unable to influence Russia’s domestic development where it matters most for his own political fortunes — improving the daily lives of Russian citizens.

Women and Corruption: Perceptions Aside

The relationship between corruption and women is often considered through the simple question of whether women are less corrupt than men. Yet this question is a contentious one — and perhaps the wrong one. Certain issues are clear: Women are hurt more by corruption than men. Women leaders are generally perceived to be less corrupt than men. And women in policymaking positions have sometimes helped reduce corruption, so their holding leadership and policymaking positions is undeniably important.

Can Africa Automate Its Way Out of Corruption?

Africa has a bad rap when it comes to corruption. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation estimates that across Africa, $148 billion per year is lost to corruption, a sum that represents 20 percent of the continent’s combined gross domestic product.

Corruption’s Destabilizing Effects in Afghanistan

Corruption is often associated with damage to state institutions and national economies due to the improper use of money. Yet in countries convulsed by conflict and violence, corruption also poses clear and present dangers to security.

What Does Corruption Mean in the Middle East, Exactly?

Most Middle East and North African (MENA) countries are considered highly corrupt, but local understandings of acceptable practices and privileges muddy the understanding of what counts. The region as a whole fares poorly on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index — in 2015, it received a score of 39 on a 0-to-100 scale, where 100 indicates the absence of corruption. (The global average is 43.) War-torn countries like Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, and Sudan are perceived to be especially corrupt.

Introduction: Confronting Corruption

Examples of the ill effects of corruption are endless. Presidents and prime ministers often admonish their own officials to fight corruption. Many countries adopt laws that adhere to international standards, such as those set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) or agreed to in the OECD Anti-Corruption Treaty. Yet little appears to change.

In the Hunt for a “Level Playing Field,” Anticorruption Efforts Play a Major Role

In competing in the global economy, U.S. businesses are always seeking the proverbial “level playing field.” In areas such as international trade, this means that the United States works with other countries to negotiate rules that all agree will help their respective economies. Cooperation is key.

Wilson Perspectives: Combatting Corruption

By Jane Harman, President, Director, and CEO, Wilson Center; and John Engler, President, Business Roundtable

Brazilians Rise Against Corruption

It was perhaps the largest rally against corruption and for democracy under the rule of law ever organized anywhere in the world. On Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3.4 million Brazilians (according to police estimates) took to the streets in 262 cities to protest against a decade-long assault on state oil company Petrobras, perpetrated by the political parties in power and their business associates. The demonstrations were remarkably peaceful and went far beyond their motivation — a call for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.