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In this 2-minute video, WPF’s Sam Perlo-Freeman introduces the Compendium of Arms Trade Corruption. Learn what is included in the Compendium, how it might surprise you, and what patterns it reveals.

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Last week, about a year and a half after the original launch of World Peace Foundation’s Compendium of Arms Trade Corruption, we published a new, revamped version of the Compendium (same address). We have added more by way of images, a resources page, a handy reference table of cases (increasingly necessary as […]

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Basil Zaharoff provides the archetype of the shady, jet-setting individual. But today, the corruption that suffuses the global arms trade, also includes the respectable, marquee, multi-billion dollar arms companies, with top stock exchange quotations, boardrooms filled with the great and the good, and close access to governments; and indeed, the activities of these two contrasting faces of the arms business are often closely intertwined and interdependent.

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For its storied history of corruption charges, including criminal and civil offenses across multiple jurisdictions, this months’ EOM is the defense company Leonardo SpA, previously called Finmeccanica. The nomination comes to us by way of our colleagues at Corruption Watch UK and their latest report, “The Anglo-Italian Job: Leonardo, AgustaWestland and Corruption Around the World.” We reprint the Executive Summary and encourage you to read the full Report.

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Our latest report from the Global Arms Business and Corruption program is “Corruption in the Russian Defense Sector” by Polina Beliakova and Sam Perlo-Freeman. As the authors note in the Conclusion,

While corruption can be considered a core element of the Russian political system, which is in many ways designed to put the […]

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I was supposed to be giving a presentation on this subject as part of a panel organized by Economists for Peace and Security at the American Economic Association conference in Philadelphia last Saturday. Winter Storm Grayson put paid to that plan, so instead I thought I’d write about it here.

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