Summer 2018

Corruption & Illicit Trade

Author
Louise I. Shelley
Abstract
Illicit trade – including of drugs, endangered species, and people – represents a significant sector of the global economy and compromises the integrity of financial, ecological, and political systems. These transactions would be impossible without corrupt actors, from border officials to high-level politicians to entrepreneurs on the Darknet. Louise I. Shelley elucidates the mutually reinforcing relationship between illegal trade and corruption and identifies potential strategies for disrupting this cycle, including increasing transparency in international financial institutions and supply chains.
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