Why U.S. President Donald Trump’s business with corrupt foreign governments risks spreading corruption to the United States.
The oil industry has been entangled in serious corruption controversies. In response, the U.S. government has shown leadership over the past decade in helping bring more transparency to the sector.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed the rise of authoritarianism and emerging threats to democracy in the United States and around the world.
In some five dozen countries worldwide, corruption can no longer be understood as merely the iniquitous doings of individuals. Rather, it is the operating system of sophisticated networks that cross sectoral and national boundaries in their drive to maximize returns for their members.
Corruption animates sophisticated and successful transnational networks—resulting in violence, environmental devastation, and popular indignation.
The Trump administration, in personnel and practice, resembles a kleptocratic network such as those seen in many developing countries and post-Soviet states. Simply stated, this government’s objective is making money.
The Trump administration’s disregard for domestic institutions resembles international patterns of how autocrats respond to judicial challenges.
The secretary of the department of homeland security has embraced President Trump’s rhetoric of fear and poorly thought out drug policy. He should focus on at-home solutions, such as better gun laws and opioid abuse prevention.
Congressional repeal of a law that demanded disclosure by extractive industries for payments to foreign governments is viewed as a victory for oil and gas. It may also be a step towards kleptocracy.
In a country full of sophisticated lawyers and lobbyists and rationalizers, it is now urgent to ask whether Americans still understand what corruption is. To say it’s what is proscribed by law is to fall into a logical sinkhole.