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Why Nikki Haley Had the Right Message on Corruption—But was the Wrong Messenger
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Why Nikki Haley Had the Right Message on Corruption—But was the Wrong Messenger

Author Trevor Sutton discusses why U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley should turn her anti-corruption message toward the Trump administration and the congressional majority.

On September 10, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley convened a special panel of the United Nations Security Council to address an important—if surprising—topic: the threat corruption poses to global peace and security. “For all the time we spend here discussing conflict,” Ambassador Haley remarked , “we hardly ever talk about how corruption fuels the instability, violence, and criminal activity that put countries on our agenda.” Haley, who, as the U.S. Permanent Representative holds the rotating title of President of the Security Council this month, warned of the costs of inaction. She invoked the Tunisian anti-corruption protests that sparked the Arab Spring, the extreme kleptocracy of ousted Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych, and the resource-driven civil war in South Sudan as examples of unintended consequences when the security council has a “head-in-the-sand approach” to corruption.

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Trevor Sutton

Senior Fellow