Malign Finance

Malign Finance2021-06-02T13:27:36-04:00

Authoritarian regimes like Russia and China use malign finance—the funding of foreign political parties, candidates, campaigns, well-connected elites, or politically influential groups, often through non-transparent structures designed to obfuscate ties to a nation state or its proxies—to interfere in democracies. Find ASD’s work on malign finance and the threat it poses to democracy on this page.

The Five Great Enabler Nations

Key Point Consolidating the international consensus that the professional enablers of corruption should be required to watch out for dirty money would require landmark reform initiatives—split roughly evenly between enacting new rules and enforcing [...]

November 9, 2021|By |

Josh Rudolph in Just Security: Closing Pandora’s Box

Leaked Papers Expose Need for US to Act on Enablers of Dirty Money The U.S. government should respond to the Pandora Papers – an investigation by a group of news media outlets based on 11.9 million private financial records – with sweeping and forc [...]

October 7, 2021|By |

Helsinki Commission Briefing: Enabling Kleptocracy

Modern dictatorship relies on access to the West. Lawyers, lobbyists, accountants, real estate professionals, consultants, and others help kleptocrats launder their money and reputations—and exert undue influence in democracies—in exchange for dirty [...]

September 29, 2021|By |

Regulating The Enablers

Executive Summary When kleptocrats, foreign intelligence services, homegrown autocrats, and other malign actors weaponize corruption to undermine U.S. democracy, their financial secrecy relies upon the services of ten sectors of U.S. professionals [...]

September 21, 2021|By |
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