Corruption

A group of people protest  outside the United Arab Emirates' embassy calling for the speedy extradition of the Guptas on June 10, in Pretoria, South Africa.

South Africa Needs the UAE’s Help to Fight Corruption

The Emirati government should extradite the Gupta brothers. Sheltering them risks damaging its diplomatic and financial reputation.

Travelers take out their passports before checking in at San Diego International Airport January 8, 2006 in San Diego, California.

Oligarchs’ Favorite U.S. Visa Might Not Last

Calls are growing louder to fix the “golden visa” program that has flooded the United States with dubious foreign money.

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Zuma’s Arrest Is a Victory for the Rule of Law in South Africa

By imprisoning a former president, the country has set an example for constitutional democracies across the world.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks as Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei looks on during a press conference at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura in Guatemala City on June 7.

Biden’s Dangerous Corruption Obsession

Rooting out graft may be good politics at home, but it won’t fix Latin America’s socioeconomic woes.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner.

Biden Jump-Starts Fight Against Kleptocracy

New memorandum puts anti-corruption efforts at the heart of national security strategy.

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The U.S. Midwest Is Foreign Oligarchs’ New Playground

Forget Manhattan or Monaco; it’s cities like Cleveland that are now attracting ill-gotten money from abroad.

A man throws a tire into a bonfire on the Kaduna-Abuja highway during a protest against kidnapping and killing in Gauraka, Nigeria, on May 24.

Nigeria Is a Failed State

The first step to restoring stability and security is recognizing that the government has lost control.

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso helps open a 1,000-kilometer (660-mile) oil pipeline in Kome, Chad on Oct. 10, 2003.

The Republic of Congo Is a ‘Dark Debt’ Pioneer

The African nation’s leaders have developed new public financing schemes that generate vast amounts of money—and mostly benefit themselves.

Human rights activists address protesters in Lilongwe on Jan. 16, 2020, during a protest to denounce alleged attempts to bribe judges.

How Corruption Derails Development in Malawi

Promises of good governance haven’t stopped officials from raiding the public purse in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Members of Congress of South African Trade Unions march to the National Treasury during their strike against corruption and unemployment in Pretoria on Oct. 7, 2020.

U.S. Tax Policy Can Help Africa’s Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows

The Biden administration can stop multinational companies, criminals, and kleptocrats from siphoning off Africa’s wealth.

Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos visits the Portuguese corporation Efacec’s new electric mobility industrial unit in Maia, Portugal, on Feb. 5, 2018.

The Downfall of an Angolan Dynasty

The crumbling of the dos Santos family empire reveals how Western companies allegedly enabled corruption in Africa.

Protesters carry placards to demand that ailing President Muhammadu Buhari resume work or resign in Abuja, Nigeria on August 7, 2017.

Nigeria’s President Should Resign

Muhammadu Buhari has failed to provide the security and stability he promised.

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.

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