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A destroyed bridge in eastern Ukraine
A destroyed bridge in eastern Ukraine

Corruption Could Mean Ukraine Loses a Future Peace

Reconstruction partners must be careful not to hand money to oligarchs.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Why Corruption Thrives in the Philippines

A Marcos might soon be back in power in Manila. That’s because political dynasties are more powerful than parties.

The Russian-owned superyacht Phi, which has been seized by the U.K. government, is seen at Canary Wharf in London on March 29.
The Russian-owned superyacht Phi, which has been seized by the U.K. government, is seen at Canary Wharf in London on March 29.

The West Must Widen the War on Kleptocracy

Russian sanctions have shown how democracies can flex their power.

Members of the Honduran police special forces stand outside the home of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa on Feb. 15.
Members of the Honduran police special forces stand outside the home of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa on Feb. 15.

Hernández’s Arrest Won’t Stop the Drug War

Washington continues to empower repressive and corrupt Latin American governments through flawed security initiatives.

Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraqi militia leader and Shiite Muslim cleric, gives a news conference in the central holy shrine city of Najaf, on November 18, 2021.
Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraqi militia leader and Shiite Muslim cleric, gives a news conference in the central holy shrine city of Najaf, on November 18, 2021.

Why Muqtada al-Sadr Failed to Reform Iraq

Iraq’s most recent election promised change but ended up entrenching the establishment.

A large white mansion is shown behind a security gate.
A large white mansion is shown behind a security gate.

Can London Cleanse Itself of Dirty Russian Money?

Bill Browder on why the U.K.’s new Economic Crime Bill isn’t enough to kick out Russian oligarchs.

A smiling Putin and Schroder move to shake hands in front of a conference table.
A smiling Putin and Schroder move to shake hands in front of a conference table.

How to Stop Former Western Leaders From Becoming Paid Shills for Autocrats

From Gerhard Schröder to Tony Blair, former officials have cashed in by repping autocrats and their proxies.

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Ones and Tooze Override Photo

Ones and Tooze Podcast: Boris Johnson and the Sordid Arithmetic of Partygate

Also on the show: How much will that midlife crisis cost you?

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Culture Palace in Guatemala City on Jan. 11, 2017.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Culture Palace in Guatemala City on Jan. 11, 2017.

Why Is Taiwan Bankrolling a U.S. Lobbyist for Guatemala?

Taipei’s checkbook diplomacy is poised for a showdown with Washington’s anti-corruption agenda.

A protester wears a mask resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A protester wears a mask resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

How a Plea Bargain for Netanyahu Could Realign Israeli Politics

The terms offered would keep him out of prison but also out of office.

Relatives and neighbors gather around a burned vehicle targeted and hit by an American drone strike in Kabul.
Relatives and neighbors gather around a burned vehicle targeted and hit by an American drone strike in Kabul.

The Human Rights vs. National Security Dilemma Is a Fallacy

Advocacy organizations can’t protect human rights without challenging U.S. military support for tyrants and the corrupt influence of the defense industry and foreign governments.

Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion personnel look on from an armored vehicle during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Jan. 3, 2013.
Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion personnel look on from an armored vehicle during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Jan. 3, 2013.

The U.S. Has a Police Brutality Problem. So Does Bangladesh.

Dhaka’s denial of extrajudicial killings is imperiling its relations with Washington and exposing the country’s corrupt police and undemocratic institutions.

Representatives of different Ukrainian political parties and movements stage a protest outside the Constitutional Court building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 30, 2020.
Representatives of different Ukrainian political parties and movements stage a protest outside the Constitutional Court building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 30, 2020.

Why Ukraine’s Fight Against Corruption Scares Russia

The country’s democratization and ongoing efforts to fight entrenched graft and cronyism are a threat to Putin’s model of governance.

U.S. President Joe Biden
U.S. President Joe Biden

Biden Takes Aim at Kleptocrats

The United States is finally taking big steps to close the loopholes that make America a money laundering haven.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro makes a "thumbs up" gesture in front of a sign announcing the combatting corruption forum.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro makes a "thumbs up" gesture in front of a sign announcing the combatting corruption forum.

Does Power Corrupt?

How parking tickets, bankers, and bees explain selfish behavior.

The downtown district of Wilmington, Delaware, is seen on Aug. 19, 2016.
The downtown district of Wilmington, Delaware, is seen on Aug. 19, 2016.

How Delaware Became the World’s Biggest Offshore Haven

Kleptocrats, criminals, and con artists have all parked their illicit gains in the state.

A U.S. $100 bill is placed on a stack of Syrian pounds
A U.S. $100 bill is placed on a stack of Syrian pounds

Biden Is Flagging on Kleptocracy

The U.S. administration is losing focus on global corruption.

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera delivers a press conference a day after he was mentioned in the Pandora Papers, a media investigation exposing world leaders’ use of tax havens, at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 4.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera delivers a press conference a day after he was mentioned in the Pandora Papers, a media investigation exposing world leaders’ use of tax havens, at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 4.

Hips Don’t Lie (and Neither Do Receipts)

Latin American leaders—and pop stars—are ensnared in the Pandora Papers leak.

The exterior of a fancy office building on a street in London.
The exterior of a fancy office building on a street in London.

The Fatal Flaw in the West’s Fight Against Autocracy

The Pandora Papers reveal the critical role Western countries play in enabling autocrats.

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