Why Fighting Corruption Is Key in a ‘New Era of Great-Power Competition’ (World Politics Review)

A protest in Guatemala City against President Jimmy Morales shutting down the CICIG anti-corruption commission.

The Trump administration is due to soon formally release its findings from a review of U.S. foreign assistance programs, aimed at “realigning” them for “a new era of great-power competition,” which critics have described as an effort to curb foreign aid overall. Given this context, aid and development organizations must be prepared to show how their work serves America’s strategic interests. Anti-corruption efforts do just that by striking at the heart of what keeps leaders of adversaries like China and Russia in power.


Patrick Quirk is the senior director of research, strategy, and the Center for Global Impact at the International Republican Institute and a nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy Program of the Brookings Institution. Previously, he served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff.

Eguiar Lizundia is the associate director for technical advancement at the International Republican Institute.


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