Systemic corruption is a great destabilizing force in governments around the world.
Corruption can plant the seeds of violent religious extremism, and it’s happening worldwide.
Corruption acts as a thread tying recent frightening international security crises together.
U.S. officials, military and civilian, should ensure that issues of substantive political reform stay high on the agenda in interactions with their Saudi counterparts. Not in spite of the extremist menace, but because of it.
Governmental corruption often sparks outrage and creates support for dangerous ideologies.
Corruption is a cause—not a result—of global instability.
Corruption fuels security crises around the world.
There is a powerful nexus between severe, systemic corruption and international security challenges, including violent extremism, mass atrocities, and state failure.
Recent jurisprudence, which has whittled down the definition of corruption to encompass only a contractual exchange between briber and public official, represents nothing less than “a revolution in political theory.”
The questions decisionmakers need to ask to truly understand countries where corruption pervades the political system.