Corruption

Guatemala’s Establishment Fights Back against UN-Backed Corruption Board

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After a string of early victories, the future of the Commission Against Impunity for Corruption in Guatemala is very much in question.

Operation Carwash: Lula’s Presidential Hopes Dealt a New Blow

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Brazil’s Operation Carwash has caught some big fish so far, but none so big as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who saw his corruption conviction upheld earlier this week.

The Corruption Fight Gets Ugly in Ukraine

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The political elites in Ukraine have set about defanging the anti-corruption institutions they created just a few years ago.

Operation Carwash: Temer in a Tempest

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The latest upswell in Operation Car Wash seems poised to swallow up President Temer, taking his economic reform agenda along with him.

Corruption Scandal Rocks Indonesia’s Establishment

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President Widodo’s reform agenda could be hijacked by a growing corruption scandal engulfing Indonesian politics.

What to Expect from China’s New Leadership

General Secretary Communist Party of China

Here's what can expect from the new Xi Jinping administration.

Lessons from the Fall of Bo Xilai

Bo Xilai

The go-to media narrative of the fall of Bo Xilai declares that it’s the most important political event to occur China since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. That may well be true, but there is more to be gleaned from the story than one man’s fall from grace.

Putin Redux

Russian Presidential Election

Despite protests over alleged vote-rigging, Vladimir Putin is firmly on track to reclaim the Russian presidency in May. But while Putin is poised to return to the office he vacated in 2008, the country he plans to govern is no longer the same.

Timoshenko’s Arrest Threatens EU Partnership

Timoshenko arrest and Ukraine-EU negotiations

August 5th marked former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko’s third arrest since June. Mrs. Timoshenko has been charged for allegedly signing an illegal gas deal with Russia in 2009 when she was in office.  Allegations that the arrests are politically motivated could threaten the country's status with the EU.

Taliban Talks? Think Again

US and Taliban interests and motivations

It seems that Afghan and NATO authorities are once more seeking a dialogue with the Taliban- even after last year’s debacle of being fooled by a ‘very clever’ Pakistani shopkeeper pretending to be a Taliban official.

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