Can You Separate the Fight Against Corruption from Democracy?

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, made a bold move to consolidate power by orchestrating the arrest of high-level officials and businessmen in the country on corruption charges. The arrests worried global markets and the international community, but may have played better with the millions of young Saudis frustrated with a political system that they perceive as outmoded and incapable of delivering economic opportunity. While the long-term implications of Prince Salman’s maneuver are up for debate, one thing should be clear: the arrests should not be viewed as a model for fighting corruption or a sustainable path to transparent and accountable government.

This article was originally published in The National Interest.