IMF Loans Will Further Entrench Corruption in Egypt
Recently disbursed IMF funding will only help the Sisi regime and entrench its rule.
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Bias against individuals with disabilities is influencing lockdown easing, Kenya is heading for dictatorship, and the Trump administration is hurting Western unity in the Balkans.
Biden Could End Kleptocracy’s Grip on the United States
A new administration can make the changes needed to break a rotten global system.
We Can’t Stop the Coronavirus Unless We Stop Corruption
The world is pouring trillions of dollars into coronavirus vaccines and economic stimulus efforts. But without strict measures, graft will prevent funds from reaching the right recipients.
Nobody Can Help Iraq Anymore
The country has another new prime minister nominee—but no new hopes of success.
To Defeat the Coronavirus, Stop Corruption
Humanitarian crises including Hurricane Katrina and the Ebola outbreak show that graft can dilute the best donor intentions. More vigilance is necessary.
Bibi Is No Houdini
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a political magician who has run out of tricks—and his stubbornness is stopping the Israeli right from winning convincingly and governing the country.
The End of Volodymyr Zelensky’s Honeymoon
Changing Ukraine is much harder than its president thought. Here is how Zelensky should reboot his presidency and secure his place in history.
What Really Happened to Carlos Ghosn?
Nissan just filed a lawsuit against its former CEO. Here’s why—and what could happen next.
Chinese Officials Can’t Help Lying About the Wuhan Virus
Despite calls for transparency, repression is baked into the system.
Iran’s Regional Influence Campaign Is Starting to Flop
Tehran has long sought to throw its weight around across the region. Now the Islamic Republic is facing a backlash in Iraq, Lebanon, and at home.
Ukraine vs. the Oligarchs
If Trump wants to fight corruption in Ukraine, he should pay close attention to an ongoing dispute between the country and the IMF over one of its biggest banks.
Moldova’s Failed Revolution Is Not Over Yet
Explaining every political crisis in a former Soviet country as a tug of war between East and West misses the point. The problem is a system of nepotism, patronage, and entrenched corruption.
Don’t Believe the Trump Administration’s Lies About Ukrainian Corruption
Far from drowning in graft, the country’s record is getting better and better.
Why Protesters in Lebanon Are Taking to the Streets
The protests combine political and economic grievances and could bring down the country’s sect-based political order.
Lebanon Has Suffered From Sectarianism for Too Long
Mass protests could put an end to the ethnic clientelism that has empowered corrupt leaders. But demonstrators must stand their ground or risk being co-opted like those who rose up in 2005.
Trump Finally Found a Chinese Import He Likes: Corruption
Enlisting Beijing to interfere in the U.S. election is no joke.
Ukrainian Corruption Is Trump’s Native Language
The U.S. president has imported prodazhnist’, Ukraine’s distinctive culture of crookedness, where everyone has a price and politics has no value.