The Impact of Corruption on New Democracies in Asia

7.20.2017, 12:00PM to 1:30PM

The Center for International Private Enterprise hosted a panel discussion on the impact of corruption on new democracies in Asia.

Systemic corruption impedes market development, drives away investment, and erodes the rule of law. Prevalent corruption can render a populace susceptible to demagogic political appeals, and de-legitimizes political leadership. In economic terms, corruption diverts investments and distorts markets – with the poor bearing the brunt of the negative economic impact.

Consequently, improving governance and eliminating corrupt practices are the keys to improving business performance, establishing rule of law, and ensuring that democracy delivers for citizens.

This CIPE event explored current challenges and analysis related to corruption in new democracies in Asia. The panel discussion featured an Afghanistan specialist, an expert on global kleptocracy, and a prominent civil society leader in Cambodia.


  • Thida Khus, Executive Director, SILAKA, Cambodia
  • Charles Davidson, Executive Director, Kleptocracy Initiative, Hudson Institute
  • Jennifer Anderson, Senior Program Officer, South Asia, Center for International Private Enterprise
  • John Morrell, Regional Director for Asia, Center for International Private Enterprise (discussion moderator)


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About the Panelists:

  • Thida Khus is Executive Director of Silaka and has over 20 years of management and organizational development experience in Cambodia and in the United States. Ms. Khus founded Silaka and continues to lead the organization to implement innovative strategies and support services to partners in the government and NGOs in Cambodia. In 2006, she became the Secretary General for the Committee to Promote Women in Politics in Cambodia, advocating for equal participation of women in the process of development and in decision-making. She serves as the Chairperson and board member of several organizations. Previously, she served on the Executive Committee of Social Watch International and LDC Watch International to advance human rights.
  • Charles Davidson is Executive Director of the Kleptocracy Initiative at Hudson Institute. Davidson is also Publisher of The American Interest since its founding in 2005. He co-founded with Raymond Baker the think tank Global Financial Integrity in 2006 and is its former Board Chair, and produced the documentary We’re Not Broke that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Prior to 2005 Davidson was in the information technology industry, most recently in venture capital. Davidson is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
  • Jennifer Anderson is the Senior Program Officer for South Asia at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, DC. Jennifer’s programmatic experience includes access to justice, democracy strengthening, peace process observation, and elections. Jennifer manages CIPE’s programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Prior to joining CIPE, Jennifer worked in the South Asia region for ten years, most recently with USAID in Afghanistan, where she spent two years; first as the USAID lead for rule of law with a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Paktika province, and later as the Senior Development Advisor to a U.S. Army Brigade in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. Jennifer holds a B.A. in photography from Colombia College, Chicago, and a M.S. in cultural geography from Portland State University, Oregon. Jennifer also speaks Nepali.
  • John Morrell (discussion moderator) is Regional Director for Asia at CIPE. In this role, he strategically guides program development and ensures effective implementation of a portfolio of programs on anti-corruption, corporate compliance, public and private sector governance reform, policy advocacy, and creating political space in closed countries. He personally designed numerous high-impact projects that build the political, market and civil institutions necessary for private sector led economies and democratic societies across the region. Prior to joining CIPE, John managed projects across the developing world on issues including microfinance, emerging market risk analysis, and urbanization. He produced several studies on topics related to corruption and public-sector governance and conducted internal fraud investigations of multinational corporations. Morrell also founded a nonprofit organization supporting orphans in the Philippines. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Virginia, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and was a Graduate Fellow in International Management at Oxford University.


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