ProvCast Ep. 12: Kleptocracy and America
What is “kleptocracy,” and what role does the United States play in it? Is the US a kleptocracy? How do anonymous shell companies contribute? In this episode that we recorded late last summer, Ted Moorman answers these questions and more.
Moorman has also written a brief primer on kleptocracy and America’s role in it.
Those who would like to learn more about this topic, the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative has several good papers and events.
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On our website, we will publish an extended version of this conversation as a subscriber-only podcast, and in this we will talk about specific laws Congress can pass and how a Christian realist can approach the issue. Subscriptions, which include our print edition, start as low as $12 a year.
Ted C. Moorman has a Ph.D. in finance and has published peer-reviewed articles in a number of prestigious academic finance journals. He has written on topics ranging from portfolio optimization and trading strategies to corporate governance and foreign exchange. He recently interviewed fifteen experts on kleptocracy and foreign corruption in the fields of international business, development, law enforcement, foreign policy, global compliance, and investigative journalism. In a recent article, he provides a general framework for understanding illicit financial systems and demonstrates why foreign corruption is the most devastating financial crime. Combining his subject matter expertise on data analytics and illicit financial systems, he is considering developing data analytical software to attack global illicit financial networks.
Mark Melton is the Deputy Editor for Providence. He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews and focuses on Europe.
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