As explained in the essays that follow, kleptocracy has become a potent threat to the integrity of democracy around the globe.
The grand corruption enabled by the rise of offshore finance has come to follow a recurring pattern: steal, obscure, and spend.
To safeguard their ill-gotten gains, kleptocrats rely on a web of transnational relationships and the complicity of Western fixers.
Central African autocrats are using their stolen money to outmaneuver their opponents and deflect international criticism.
One of the world’s worst public-corruption scandals shows how a lax international financial system enables massive graft in developing countries.
Russia’s ruling elite have used corruption not only to line their own pockets, but also as a tool of domestic political control and global power projection.
China has seen a staggering number of official corruption cases in recent years. But does it merit the label of kleptocracy?
In July 2017, Timor-Leste held its third parliamentary elections since independence. The party-centered campaign featured both enduring legacies of the revolutionary struggle and a distinct form of political patronage.
International Forum for Democratic Studies report on "Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence"; Emmerson Mnangagwa's inaugural address as interim president of Zimbabwe; letter from Zimbabwean civil society organizations; address by U.K. prime minister Theresa May; statement by former Soviet political prisoners and dissidents.