NED: Kleptocratic Adaptation: Next Steps in the Battle Against Kleptocracy

20 January 2023  13:00 - 14:00

Virtual Event | Organised by International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy | Held in US (EST) in English
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Please join the International Forum for Democratic Studies for a discussion on “Kleptocratic Adaptation: Next Steps in the Battle Against Kleptocracy,” with Jodi Vittori and Matthew Page and comments from Larry Diamond. The discussion builds on a forthcoming Forum report. After Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, kleptocrats are increasingly weaponizing corrupt networks, relying on opaque shell companies, and turning to professional enabling services to allow them to continue their theft, despite recent restrictions placed on them. As authoritarian actors adapt to the changing landscape, democracies must also elevate the issue of fighting kleptocracy to other pressing national security threats and adapt accordingly.


Matthew T. Page is a nonresident scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, associate fellow at Chatham House, and nonresident fellow with the Centre for Democracy and Development in Nigeria.


Jodi Vittori is an expert on the linkages of corruption, state fragility, illicit finance, and U.S. national security. She is Professor of Practice and co-chair of the Global Politics and Security program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and a non-resident fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Larry Diamond is the William L. Clayton Senior Fellow at Stanford University, where he is also the Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also a founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, and he served at its helm (with Marc F. Plattner) for over thirty years.