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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.

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 Fatal Flaw in the West’s Fight Against Autocracy

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

The head of the Russian Art Department at Christie's readies a pre-auction exhibition in Moscow.

How Art Dealers, Real Estate Agents, and Hedge Funds Enable Corruption

If Biden is serious about fighting corruption, he needs to regulate 10 key white-collar professions.

A souvenir shop owner displays glasses decorated with pictures of Hassan Nasrallah.

Hezbollah Is Trying to Be Lebanon’s Savior

As the country’s economic desperation grows, the Shiite sectarian group is promising to provide for anyone in need. 

A man walks past a United Russia party campaign poster in Moscow.

The Kremlin’s Don’t-Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign

Russia isn’t cracking heads ahead of this weekend’s parliamentary vote—just boring people away from the polls.

An Afghan street seller offers the local currency called 'afgani' in exchange for US dollars and few pre-paid mobile phone cards, in  Kabul, on April 10, 2010.

America’s Money Lost the Afghan War

It’s unclear whether Washington can ever cure its addiction to enabling its allies’ corruption.

A French soldier checks the temperature of an Afghan woman in Abu Dhabi.

Don’t Blame the Afghans

If the United States fails to understand its mistakes, it will continue to repeat them.

A Ghanian protester holds a banner.

Can Ghana’s Young Protesters Become a Political Force?

A recent demonstration transcended traditional ethnic and political divisions—but youth leaders will have to do more than protest to achieve lasting change.

A street artist paints a mural about corruption and COVID-19 in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, on July 7, 2020.

Why Is America Cooperating With Militaries Running Criminal Rackets?

U.S. international security cooperation urgently needs an overhaul by Congress.

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.


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.

Workers take down the LeBron James banner.

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.

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