The Inseparability of War and Corruption

War and corruption are inseparable.  Half of the countries in the bottom quartile of the Corruption Perception Index are involved in conflict. And there are many reasons to speculate on why that is.  First, during conflict, public accountability of political figures and officials becomes harder to achieve. This creates an environment that favors corruption, as …

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Brazil: Corruption, Bribery and Facilitation Payments

A History with Corruption Brazil struggles with corruption, as it poses an impediment to economic development, social equality, and justice. In 2014, Operation Carwash (or Operação Lava Jato, in Portuguese) exposed one of the biggest corruption scandals in history, which involved businesses and politicians from several countries. This has inspired an anti-corruption effort by the …

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Are facilitation payments the cost of doing business?

Some countries do not consider facilitation payments as bribes. As long as these are not made to earn or keep business, or to create an undue advantage over another company or entity. In this article, we will be addressing the legality of facilitation payments in United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the recent developments in …

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