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.

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