The fight against corruption has emerged as a defining struggle of our era and a key area of emphasis for the Biden administration and Congress. In late May, the White House designated combating corruption as a core national security interest, an unprecedented step with broad implications for U.S. foreign policy. That announcement came a day after Congress announced the formation of a new bipartisan anti-kleptocracy caucus. These developments follow on the heels of the most important package of anti-corruption and financial transparency legislation in a generation, passed at the end of the previous Congress in January. Once a relatively peripheral issue, the global struggle against graft has been elevated to a top priority of U.S. policymakers.
The Center for American Progress hosted a discussion on U.S. global anti-corruption efforts featuring Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), one of the leading figures in U.S. anti-corruption policy and a longtime champion of good governance and transparency reforms. ASD Malign Finance Fellow Josh Rudolph joined a panel of anti-corruption experts to discuss how democracies can address the growing problem of kleptocracy and illicit finance.