Thursday, April 23, 2015

Event - Kelptocracy & U.S. National Security (April 23)

The Hudson Institute is holding a panel discussion on "Kleptocracy and U.S. National Security" on Thursday, April 23, 2015. It starts at 12:00 pm EST and finishes up an hour later. The event is about corruption in government around the world; so it doesn't focus in on Afghanistan. However, in reading a description of the panel discussion (see below) it just screams Afghanistan. You can watch a live-stream of the event at this link

"Throughout the world, high-level corruption undermines the rule of law, confidence in public authorities, and human rights. the turmoil following the Arab spring, the increasing violence of narcotics cartels in Latin America, and the war in Ukraine illustrate the threat kleptocracy poses to both international stability and U.S. national security.
Federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly targeting corrupt officials, their illicit assets, and the institutions that enable kleptocracy. Since corrupt agents often look to the Western financial system as a vehicle for legitimizing and protecting their money, the importance of the the U.S. to this system offers far greater leverage over kleptocractic regimes than is currently acknowledge".

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