The Panama Papers leak exposes not only a global system of tax avoidance, but the corrupt networks between government officials, organized criminals, and private institutions.
The world today seems engulfed in violence, from terror in the Middle East to near-daily mass shootings in America. In reality, most countries today are far safer than in the past.
Saudi Arabia is no state at all. It could best be described as a political enterprise with a clever but ultimately unsustainable business model, or as so corrupt as to resemble a vertically and horizontally integrated criminal organization.
With corruption deeply embedded into the fabric of governance in many countries around the world, confronting corrupt networks will necessitate a sea change in government priorities.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari should make his anticorruption agenda central to his campaign against Boko Haram.
Corrupt countries function not as states that are failing but as criminal networks that are succeeding.
Corrupt governments act as vertically integrated criminal organizations to maximize corrupt profits and use the judiciary to ensure impunity.
The announcement of the delayed U.S. and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan comes during a time of uncertainty about the Taliban’s capabilities and the U.S. bombardment of a hospital in Kunduz.
Tunisia’s political landscape since the Arab Spring has helped it to avoid some of the pitfalls that countries like Egypt have experienced in emerging from authoritarian rule.
The Taliban’s successes in and around Kunduz are the almost inevitable consequence of corrupt and abusive governance.