The political and economic dysfunction known as the “oil curse” is a complex, structural phenomenon, caused largely by poor management or investment of oil revenues by the governments of oil-producing countries.
All cases of acute corruption exemplify three traits: whole governments structured around the objective of maximizing corrupt profits, enormous sums of money, and clear victims of such abuse.
Corruption and international security have been intertwined throughout history, from the Protestant Reformation to modern day Afghanistan.
Donor agencies and Western investors need to think harder about who they’re doing business with and expand their notions of corporate social responsibility to encompass potential responsibility for reinforcing kleptocratic governments.
In some countries, the government is not a government that may be failing. It’s a criminal organization that’s succeeding.
After a long period in which corruption garnered little public or political interest—it was considered an occasional blemish on a fundamentally sound system—corruption is becoming a topic of high-level interest.
Multinationals and Western governments should help Nigeria’s new president clean up the country’s oil sector and turn it into a model for its resource-rich neighbors to emulate.
Fed up with the venality that had spread through their society, Nigerians voted for discipline in last month’s election.
Militant extremist groups are rising from the wreckage of poor governance around the world.
Practically all the really hot security events today can partially be explained as extreme reactions to acute public corruption against which people had no recourse.