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Kleptocracy: How Can the West Stem the Globalization of Authoritarian Corruption?
1850 M Street NW,
Washington, DC 20036
Democratic movements throughout Eurasia continue to suffer from the persistent legacy of entrenched corruption. Today’s oligarchs and authoritarian leaders are increasingly adopting a kleptocratic business model to consolidate their power and undermine democratic institutions around the world, making the fight against corruption increasingly crucial to the struggle for democracy.
Both oligarchs and authoritarian leaders increasingly take advantage of Western institutions, including the legal, public relations, political consulting and financial services industries, in order to remain in power and consolidate wealth. As the world’s largest economic actors and advocates for economic reform, Western nations have played an important role alerting the world to the rise of global kleptocrats. But when it comes to advancing anti-corruption efforts, Western nations and institutions have proven inconsistent. In some cases, such as in Ukraine, Western governments and intuitions such as the International Monetary Fund put pressure on Eurasian governments to fight corruption and implement reforms. On the other hand, it is the most democratic, Western countries like the United States that allow companies to aid foreign oligarchs and authoritarian leaders via our legal, public relations, political consulting and financial services industries.
Please join us for a discussion on how global kleptocracy threatens the advancement of freedom and democracy, and what democratic nations can do to rein in the structures and relationships that enable this systemic corruption. Focusing on the Eurasia region, the panel will feature regional experts and top activists from Ukraine and Georgia who will share their perspectives on the fight against corruption in their countries and in the region.