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GIS Dossier: Corruption and the global balance of power
Corruption can be a catalyst for political change, as in Latin America, or the basis of a rent-seeking regime, as in Russia. But in rare instances, it can also affect the ebb and flow of global geopolitics. This is clearly evident on the rim of the former Soviet Union, where the outcome of Ukraine’s anti-corruption fight may shape Russia’s relations with the West for decades. In China, meanwhile, the political, military and financial impact of corruption could alter the trajectory of a rising superpower.