Corruption

A woman leaves the offices of the Ukrainian General Prosecutor in Kyiv on Oct. 2.

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.

Moldovan President Igor Dodon

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.

A Lebanese protester chants slogans during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Lebanon's capital Beirut on Oct. 31.

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.

A Lebanese protester confronts soldiers during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Lebanon's southern city of Sidon on Nov. 1.

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.

An illustration including images of Saad Hariri, the Lebanese protestors, and the Lebanese flag.

Lebanon’s Protests Will Rage On

Despite Hariri’s resignation, public anger won’t be easy to soothe.

The Ukrainian word for corruption, prodazhnist’

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.

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The West Is Open for Dirty Business

The European Union and United States need a joint front against poisonous kleptocracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters about the whistleblower in the White House Oval Office.

Trump’s Whistleblower Attack ‘Undermines’ U.S. Global Accountability Push

The United States faces charges of double standards in its campaign to promote whistleblower protections at the U.N. and international organizations.

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Gaborone, Botswana, on Oct. 24, 2014.

It’s Not Just Elephants That Are Under Attack in Botswana

The country’s government is rolling back wildlife protections and endangering media freedom and the rule of law.

Indonesian riot police charge toward protesters during a demonstration in Mataram on Sept. 30.

Protests Against Joko Widodo Rock Indonesia

In the largest student uprising in decades, former supporters of the president are now questioning his commitment to reform.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looks on during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on Sept. 25.

Welcome, Ukrainians, to the American Swamp

Zelensky can walk away from the Trump scandal stronger. Here’s how.

Newly released child soldiers stand with rifles during their release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on Feb. 7, 2018.

Foreign Investors Fueled Violence and Corruption in South Sudan, Report Finds

Numerous banks and multinationals have hands in shady deals with the new nation’s elites and warlords.

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Greed and Graft at U.N. Climate Program

Whistleblowers and experts allege corruption at a United Nations Development Program project for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Russia, according to a Foreign Policy investigation.

Guatemalan presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei speaks to supporters in Guatemala City on Aug. 11 after the run-off presidential election.

Guatemala’s New President Won’t Stop Citizens Leaving

The Trump administration is relying on the country to curb migration. That won’t happen.

Boris Johnson stands in front of St. Basil's Cathedral during a visit to Red Square in Moscow on Dec. 22, 2017.

Boris Johnson’s Russian Oligarch Problem

Britain’s new prime minister has a shaky record in dealing with the Kremlin and its cronies. Here’s how he can fix it.

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To Fight Terrorists, Follow the Money

Prosecuting money launderers is the best way to stamp out terrorism and corruption.

African Corruption Infographic Override

How Africans Are Dealing With Everyday Corruption

When accessing basic services, more than 1 in 4 people are still being squeezed for bribes.

Brazil's future Minister of Justice, Sergio Moro, gestures during a national forum on combatting corruption in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 23, 2018. CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images

The Dirty Residue of Brazil’s Car Wash Probe

On the podcast: The editor in chief of Americas Quarterly explains why investigators are now under scrutiny in Brazil’s largest corruption inquiry.