Corruption

Russian Bitcoin money laundering suspect Alexander Vinnik

Congress Can Do Better to Fight Weaponized Corruption

An understaffed agency vital to U.S. security desperately needs a bigger budget.

A statue of the goddess of justice sits at a French courthouse.

U.S. Lawyers Are Foreign Kleptocrats’ Best Friends

How the United States’ legal community became global oligarchs’ most useful enablers.

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Biden Can Engage Southeast Asia Without Compromising U.S. Values

To counter China in the region, the United States should fight corruption and abuses while increasing investment and security cooperation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine’s Debt Problem Spells Trouble

If the government continues to pile up debt without necessary reforms, it will set its economy on the road to ruin.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma leaves a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry Into Allegations of State Capture in Johannesburg on Nov. 16, 2020.

Is Jacob Zuma Headed for Jail?

South Africa’s former president failed to show up at a corruption inquiry. The country’s Constitutional Court is now deciding whether he should be arrested.

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Report: Corruption in U.S. at Worst Levels in Almost a Decade

Corruption runs rampant in most countries, and that has big impacts on things like health care.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits a vaccination facility in the Israeli Arab city of Nazareth on Jan. 13.

Israel’s Arabs May Help Netanyahu Avoid Trump’s Miserable Fate

Netanyahu is courting Arab voters in a bid to win the election, curry favor with Biden, save the Abraham Accords, and stay out of prison.

The headquarters of Danske Bank, under investigation for money laundering, in Copenhagen on Sept. 25, 2018.

Biden Can’t Fight Corruption Without Help From Europe

To stop drug traffickers, criminals, and kleptocrats from laundering their loot, the United States and EU must join forces.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer stands with members of the National Guard behind a fence surrounding Capitol Hill on Jan. 7.

Should Trump Be Prosecuted?

History shows that holding former leaders to account pays off—if it’s done in the right way.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 19.

Why Biden Needs to Confront Corruption

If the U.S. president-elect is serious about restoring the rule of law and democracy, he needs to first tackle the global menace of graft.

Smoke spews from the stacks of a nickel plant in Monchegorsk, Russia

Document of the Week: Aid Donors Blast UNDP for Resisting Appeals to Fight Corruption

A dozen wealthy donor states press the United Nations Development Program to investigate allegations that funds were misappropriated from a Russia climate program it managed.

People wave Bulgarian flags during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Sofia on Oct. 16.

If Trump Wins, America Could Look a Lot Like Bulgaria

Corruption, oligarchs, and media concentration have weakened Bulgarian democracy.

A demonstrator holds a placard to protest against abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) at the Lekki toll Plaza in Lagos, Nigeria on Oct. 12.

Is This Nigeria’s Arab Spring Moment?

The protests that began as a movement against police brutality have much bigger goals—including regime change.

A pedestrian walks outside the entrance to the new Museum of Modern Art building on 53rd Street on Nov. 17, 2004 in New York City.

America’s Cultural Institutions Are Quietly Fueled by Russian Corruption

New data exposes the long reach of foreign oligarchs in the world of philanthropy.

A protester poses with a banner reading “End SARS” at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 18.

Nigeria’s Next-Generation Protest Movement

Demonstrations against police brutality—organized on social media and powered by artists and musicians—have shown Nigeria’s youth that they have the power to change society.

Senegalese soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, on July 24, 2019, a day after suicide bombers in a vehicle painted with U.N. markings injured several troops and civilians in an attack on an international peacekeeping base in Mali.

Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali

The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.

Supporters of newly appointed Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov wave Kyrgyz flags during a rally in support of Japarov in Bishkek on Oct. 14.

Kyrgyzstan’s Protests Won’t Keep Corrupt Criminals Out of Politics

Members of the criminal underworld have long turned to politics to avoid prosecution. Ousting one set of corrupt leaders in favor of another won’t end the country’s crisis.

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