Investigating corruption: US versus UK – a widening transatlantic divide?

This event, hosted by UK think tank The Foreign Policy Centre will explore the ongoing challenges for journalists working to expose corruption.

Barely into the start of 2021 and events around the world have brought the question of global corruption and the fight against it sharply into focus. Noticeable is the increasing divergence between governing authorities in the US and UK’s approach towards tackling anti-corruption and money laundering. The new Biden administration has clearly identified corruption as ‘a core national security interest’ and recent ‘historic’ legislation passed through US Congress takes aim at ending anonymous business practices. Meanwhile concerns raised about illicit finance flowing through the UK, including in last summer’s Russia Report released by the Intelligence and Security Committee have resulted in little action from the UK Government, which is still playing catch up with the US in terms of sanctions regimes. Less well addressed in both jurisdictions has been the wider societal impact of dirty money and reputation laundering schemes, including through the marketisation of universities raising questions regarding the potential impact on academic freedom.

This webinar hosted by Foreign Policy Centre, as part of its ‘Unsafe for Scrutiny’ project kindly supported by the Justice for Journalists Foundation, will explore these developments together with the ongoing challenges for journalists working to expose corruption facilitated through US and UK financial and legal systems.


Tom Burgis, investigative journalist at The Financial Times and author of ‘Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World’

Casey Michel, US investigative journalist and author of upcoming book ‘American Kleptocracy’

Dr Tena Prelec, Research Fellow with the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford

Dr Sue Hawley, Executive Director of Spotlight on Corruption



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