Pro-EU rally in Kiev’s Maidan Square, November 2013

GIS Dossier: Corruption and the global balance of power

  • Networks of corruption and influence are part of Russia’s neo-imperialist strategy
  • Ukraine’s push to break free of Russia’s orbit hinges on its anti-corruption campaign
  • In China, President Xi Jinping consolidated power by purging corrupt officials
  • Rampant graft makes it harder to gauge China’s economic and military strength

GIS Dossiers aim to give our subscribers a quick overview of key topics, regions or conflicts based on a selection of our experts’ reports since 2011. This three-part survey explores how the fight against corruption, a perennial feature of most political systems, influences geopolitics in many parts of the world. Part One examined corruption as a rallying cry of political change in Latin America. Part Two considered Russia, where rent-seeking is a pillar of the regime even as it saps the country’s long-term economic strength. This final installment considers Ukraine and China, where the outcome of anti-corruption campaigns could help shift the global balance of power.

While corruption – or the diversion of public resources for the benefit of those in power – is present in all political systems, its prevalence and impact vary by country and situation. Its effect in the rapidly developing countries of Latin America, where global markets created an aspiring middle class, was to create pressure for democratic change – even when, as in Brazil and Mexico, it was of the populist variety. In many authoritarian states, including Russia, corrupt practices are the preferred means of retaining power for a rent-seeking elite.

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What's inside
  • Networks of corruption and influence are part of Russia’s neo-imperialist strategy
  • Ukraine’s push to break free of Russia’s orbit hinges on its anti-corruption campaign
  • In China, President Xi Jinping consolidated power by purging corrupt officials
  • Rampant graft makes it harder to gauge China’s economic and military strength
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