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Overhead view of large sign that says "Congresso Corrupto" as demonstrators protest along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The influence of transnational organized crime

Corruption and Government Effectiveness

July 2016, Number 07.03

“Corruption is a global security issue. It has been a problem for a very long time and has finally been recognized as a first-tier international security challenge. Many view corruption as a “victimless” crime and bribery only as a different way of doing business, but today there is wide acknowledgement that corruption infringes on the fundamental human right to equal treatment. Major corruption cases are making news around the world. Current studies yield important insights on the nexus of transnational organized crime (TOC) and corruption as major threats to political stability, human security, democracy and economic development. United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, called the negative consequences of corruption a social danger, a radicalizer and an opportunity destroyer.

Corruption takes many forms and shapes. Bribery, embezzlement, fraud, extortion, nepotism, cronyism and monopoly are among its manifestations. Examples of corruption include a multinational company, with suspected ties to criminal organizations, paying bribes to win a public contract; a politician redirecting public investment to his clients; a public official embezzling funds allocated for a new school to build his private mansion or pay a kickback to a questionable...”

Excerpt from Valbona Zaneli,“Corruption and Government Effectiveness,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No. 3, 2016: 10-17.

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