In American Kleptocracy: How the US created with world’s greatest money laundering scheme in history, journalist Casey Michel investigates how the United States enabled the world’s largest illicit finance system. Attracting a variety of those seeking to stash their ill-gotten gains, from Ukrainian oligarchs to the children of dictators, this secretive system allows despots and post-Soviet oligarchs to buy up American industries and towns as an entire industry propped up by dirty money whitewashes it all. Michel’s book examines how US states like Delaware and Nevada perfected the art of the anonymous shell company and details the fight to restore America’s legacy of anti-corruption leadership.
Melinda Haring, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates a panel discussion with Casey Michel, investigative journalist and author of American Kleptocracy, Ben Judah, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center, Paul Massaro, senior policy advisor at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), and Michael Sallah, senior investigations editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
UkraineAlert Nov 23, 2021
How to Deter Russia Now
By Daniel Fried, John E. Herbst, Alexander Vershbow
With Russian troops once more massing on the Ukrainian border, the United States and Europe must make clear to the Kremlin that they stand with Ukraine and will impose serious costs in the event of an offensive.
UkraineAlert Nov 30, 2021
Nord Stream 2 will test new German government’s European solidarity
By Olga Bielkova
If the new German government does not block Vladimir Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline weapon, Ukraine will be irreversibly weakened while Germany and Europe as a whole will be sleepwalking into a perpetual gas crunch.
UkraineAlert Nov 28, 2021
EU regulations may yet disarm Vladimir Putin’s pipeline weapon
By Diane Francis
Russian President Vladimir Putin is pushing hard to secure fast track certification for his Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but these efforts will likely prove no match for the EU’s anti-trust laws and regulatory system.
Report Nov 17, 2020
Defending the United States against Russian dark money
By Anders Åslund, Julia Friedlander
Warfare has evolved and the United States now faces a major unconventional threat: Russia’s estimated $1 trillion of dark money. With it, the Kremlin can wreak havoc if the US fails to act and recognize this national security threat for what it is.
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