U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Open Government Partnership High-Level Meeting, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 12, 2011.

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Anti-Corruption Fight Goes International

January 2012, Number 03.01

“As little as 20 years ago, discussion of common efforts to combat corruption was largely taboo. Corruption was not a mainstream issue for development agencies or international financial institutions, where it was reportedly referred to as the “c word.” Nongovernmental organizations were not in place to raise awareness and lead the charge. When high-level political leaders met to discuss issues of shared concern, they were silent on graft.

While the burden of graft may be as big as ever, fortunately the environment – in terms of efforts to address it – has changed dramatically. Among countries in Western and Eastern Europe and around the globe, serious efforts are under way to build will and adopt measures to combat corruption. Confronting corruption requires country-led reform and enforcement, but at the regional and global level, a variety of multilateral initiatives has gathered momentum to promote sustained and meaningful country action...”

Excerpt from Robert Leventhal, “Anti-Corruption Fight Goes International,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  3, No. 1, 2012: 26-31.

Robert Leventhal is the director of Anticorruption and Governance Initiatives in the U.S. State Department's International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau. Mr. Leventhal coordinates U.S. government participation in multilateral anti-corruption initiatives, assists in shaping U.S. policy on addressing corruption internationally, and manages support for good governance projects. Mr. Leventhal has served as director of the Europe and Eurasia Division of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, where he oversaw programs in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia; as program director with Transparency International- USA; and as an institution building officer with the UN Mission in Guatemala. He holds degrees from Yale Law School and the University of California, Berkeley.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.