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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.

China’s Freedom of Information Act Turns Eight

May 1 marks the eighth anniversary of China’s first nationwide government records access statute, the State Council Regulations on Open Government Information (“OGI”). Adopted in 2007 and implemented since May 1, 2008 after a year of preparation, the right to request and obtain government-held information under the OGI Regulations spawned an outburst of civic activism.

Infographic | World Press Freedom Index 2016: Mexico & the OECD

Infographic | World Press Freedom Index 2016: Mexico & the Americas

Mexico’s Battle Against Corruption

In our latest discussion with Mexico Institute Global Fellow Viridiana Rios, we explore a shifting focus in Mexico from a war on drugs to a battle against corruption. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.