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Corruption is a human condition and an ancient phenomenon. From the beginnings of civilization, public notables have abused their offices for personal gain while citizens havesought advantage by corrupting those holding power. Today, global security is threatened as never before by fiscal uncertainty, competition and mutual suspicion among world powers, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and tyranny. This book reveals corruption to be at the very center of these global threats and proposes a combination of remedies such as positive leadership, enhanced transparency, tougher punishment, and enforceablenew sanctions against shady activities.Corruption, Global Security, and World Order explores the ties between corrupt practice and threats to global peace, corrupt practice and the suppression of human rights and development, corrupt practice and the maintenance of tyranny, and corruption in health and education.Robert I. Rotberg and a distinguished group of contributors discuss the global ramifications and implications of deeply embedded corruption. They demonstrate how criminals and criminalized states now control numerous areas of the world. The book explores issues of human and drug trafficking, and it shows how nuclear and WMD smugglers often coexist with other traffickers. Chapters examine the various ways in which corruption deprives citizens of fundamental human rights, assess the connection between corruption and the spread of terror, and examine ongoing efforts and strategies to reduce and containyet hardly ever to eliminatecorruption.Contributors include Matthew Bunn (Harvard University), Erica Chenoweth (Wesleyan University), Sarah Dix (Government of Papua New Guinea), Peter Eigen (Freie Universität in Berlin and Africa Progress Panel), Kelly M. Greenhill (Tufts University), Charles Griffin(World Bank), BenW. Heineman, Jr. (Harvard), Nathaniel Heller (Global Integrity), Jomo K. S. (United Nations), Lucy Koechlin (Basel Institute on Governance), Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau [Germany] and Transparency International), Robert Legvold (Columbia University), Emmanuel Pok (National Research Institute, Papua NewGuinea), Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale University), Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona (United Nations), Daniel Jordan Smith (Brown University), Rotimi Suberu (Bennington College), Jessica C.Teets (Middlebury College), and Laura Underkuffler (Cornell University).
Brookings Institution Press; August 2009
- ISBN: 9780815703969
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- Title: Corruption, Global Security, and World Order
- Author: Robert I. Rotberg (ed.)
Imprint: Brookings Institution Press