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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Compliance officers take note: White House affirms anti-graft priorities

President Barack Obama issued a National Security Strategy Friday, the first one since 2010 and only the second from his administration.

The NSS is important. It sets the agenda for the executive branch of the government — the DOJ and SEC, the State Department, the Commerce Department, the Treasury Department, and so on — and it signals foreign policy priorities to Congress.… Continue Reading

The price for impunity is higher than ever

If Western governments sounded frustrated with Kenya’s leaders after last week’s attack at the Westgate mall, they had good reason.

The link between corruption and terrorism became clear after 9/11. So it wouldn’t have been hard to predict disastrous results eventually flowing from Kenya’s impunity.… Continue Reading

The biggest anti-corruption story of 2012

U.S. Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, co-sponsored the Magnitsky ActPresident Obama signed into law in December the Magnitsky Act. It targets travel and economic sanctions against those responsible for the jailing and death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.… Continue Reading

From the U.K., calls for transparency in visa bans

Members of the U.K. parliament are trying to force the government there to publicly disclose the names of human rights abusers who have been denied entry into the country.

According to a news release from the Hermitage Fund, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee recommended disclosure of visa bans after hearing evidence from Amnesty International, Fair Trials International, Hermitage Capital, Human Rights Watch, REDRESS, and others.… Continue Reading

9/11 And The FCPA

What happened that day a decade ago changed the way the world looks at corruption.

The tracks of the 9/11 perpetrators and those who helped them led back to corrupt third-world countries — Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and others.… Continue Reading

Leaked Cable Reveals Kenya Visa Case

A secret cable published last week by WikiLeaks shows for the first time how decisions to exclude foreign kleptocrats from the United States are made under Presidential Proclamation 7750.

The unredacted cable is from the U.S.… Continue Reading

Do Oily Kleptocrats Slip Away?

President Barack Obama and the First Lady at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasog in September 2009. White House Photo by Lawrence JacksonKen Silverstein asks in Foreign Policy why the kleptocratic regime of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea has escaped U.S.… Continue Reading

Is Africa Rising?

Two reports from Africa caught our eye.

From Kenya, Time’s Nick Wadhams reported that politicians there are trying to get rid of Michael Ranneberger, America’s ambassador.

One reason they don’t like him is because he’s frank.… Continue Reading