Kleptocratic Adaptation: Next Steps in the Battle Against Kleptocracy

January 20, 2023
01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

About the Event

The International Forum for Democratic Studies hosted a virtual public event for the release of the report, “Kleptocratic Adaptation:  Next Steps in the Battle Against Kleptocracy,” with authors Jodi Vittori and Matthew Page and comments from Larry Diamond. After Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, kleptocrats are increasingly weaponizing corrupt networks, relying on opaque shell companies, and turning to professional enabling services to allow them to continue their theft despite recent restrictions placed on them. As authoritarian actors adapt to the changing landscape, democracies must also elevate the issue of fighting kleptocracy to other pressing national security threats and adapt accordingly.  



Matthew T. Page, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Jodi Vittori, Georgetown University


with comments by

Larry Diamond, Stanford University


about the participants

Matthew T. Page is a nonresident scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, associate fellow at Chatham House, and nonresident fellow with the Centre for Democracy and Development in Nigeria.  

Jodi Vittori is an expert on the linkages of corruption, state fragility, illicit finance, and U.S. national security. She is Professor of Practice and co-chair of the Global Politics and Security program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and a non-resident fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  

Larry Diamond is the William L. Clayton Senior Fellow at Stanford University, where he is also Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also a founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, and he served at its helm (with Marc F. Plattner) for over thirty years.  


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