Corruption: Violent Extremism, Kleptocracy, and the Dangers of Failing Governance, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, June 30, 2016   [open pdf - 786KB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 30, 2016 hearing "Corruption: Violent Extremism, Kleptocracy, and the Dangers of Failing Governance" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the statement of Gayle Smith: "Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and distinguished members of the Committee: thank you for inviting me here to discuss the United States Agency for International Development's work to combat corruption across the globe. I want to thank you for shining a light on this important topic, and for your continued leadership and ongoing commitment to root out corruption and advance accountability and transparency. Corruption takes on many forms, from the bribery of public officials to collusion in public procurement to the wholesale theft of government assets. Although its different forms may cause varying degrees of harm, corruption as a whole tears at the fabric of society and hinders inclusive economic growth and democratic governance. Additionally, corruption poses major security risks to the United States, often enabling radicalization and violent extremism and fueling political instability and conflict. That is why President Obama views corruption as a fundamental obstacle to peace, prosperity, and human rights, and our Administration has sought to elevate anti-corruption efforts across our foreign policy and development agendas." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gayle Smith, Tomasz P. Malinowski, Carl Gershman, and Sarah Chayes.

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