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Bringing the Fight Against Graft

Why U.S. Anti-Corruption Policy Has Entered a New Era, and Where We Go From Here

Add to Calendar 6/15/21 12:00 pm 6/15/21 1:00 pm America/New York Bringing the Fight Against Graft The fight against corruption has emerged as a defining struggle of our era and a key area of emphasis for the Biden administration and its partners in Congress. In late May, the White House designated combating corruption as a core national security interest, an unprecedented step with broad implications for U.S. foreign policy. That announcement came a day after Congress announced the formation of a new bipartisan anti-kleptocracy caucus. These developments follow on the heels of the most important package of anti-corruption and financial transparency legislation in a generation, passed at the end of the previous Congress in January. Once a relatively peripheral issue, the global struggle against graft has been elevated to a top priority of U.S. policymakers. Please join the Center for American Progress on June 15 for a discussion of U.S. global anti-corruption efforts featuring Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), one of the leading figures in U.S. anti-corruption policy and a longtime champion of good governance and transparency reforms. Sen. Cardin will join CAP Executive Vice President Mara Rudman in conversation to discuss recent developments in U.S. anti-corruption policy and the challenges ahead. Their conversation will be followed by a panel of anti-corruption experts moderated by Trevor Sutton, a CAP senior fellow and author of a recent report, “Turning the Tide on Dirty Money,” which offered comprehensive guidelines for how the world’s leading democracies can address the growing problem of kleptocracy and illicit finance.

The fight against corruption has emerged as a defining struggle of our era and a key area of emphasis for the Biden administration and its partners in Congress. In late May, the White House designated combating corruption as a core national security interest, an unprecedented step with broad implications for U.S. foreign policy. That announcement came a day after Congress announced the formation of a new bipartisan anti-kleptocracy caucus. These developments follow on the heels of the most important package of anti-corruption and financial transparency legislation in a generation, passed at the end of the previous Congress in January. Once a relatively peripheral issue, the global struggle against graft has been elevated to a top priority of U.S. policymakers.

Please join the Center for American Progress on June 15 for a discussion of U.S. global anti-corruption efforts featuring Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), one of the leading figures in U.S. anti-corruption policy and a longtime champion of good governance and transparency reforms. Sen. Cardin will join CAP Executive Vice President Mara Rudman in conversation to discuss recent developments in U.S. anti-corruption policy and the challenges ahead. Their conversation will be followed by a panel of anti-corruption experts moderated by Trevor Sutton, a CAP senior fellow and author of a recent report, “Turning the Tide on Dirty Money,” which offered comprehensive guidelines for how the world’s leading democracies can address the growing problem of kleptocracy and illicit finance.

In conversation:
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Mara Rudman, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress

Distinguished panelists:
Abigail Bellows, Nonresident Scholar, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Adriana Beltrán, Director, Citizen Security, WOLA
Ben Judah, Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council
Josh Rudolph, Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Moderator:
Trevor Sutton, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress