The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) hosted a panel discussion on the need for rapid response in countries where a significant opportunity has appeared for achieving anti-corruption progress. CIPE’s Rapid Reaction Anti-Corruption Project is designed to address this need by deploying a team of anti-corruption experts with international stature to countries in transition. The experts, with NGO, business, and law enforcement backgrounds, would be swiftly deployed to countries which have governments newly empowered to address corruption and a strong economic interest from foreign firms previously repelled by corruption risk.
Panelists included anti-corruption practitioners with hands-on experience in Afghanistan and Ukraine, as well as one of the NGO community’s thought leaders on kleptocracy issues. The audience was given the opportunity to ask the panel questions as well as offer their input on the Rapid Reaction to Anti-Corruption Project.
- Carl Gershman – President, National Endowment for Democracy
- Sarah Chayes – Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for National Peace; Author, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
- Eric Hontz – CIPE Program Officer for Ukraine, Russia and Central Asia, former investment bank VP and lawyer in private practice
- Christian Caryl – Editor of Democracy Lab, former Newsweek reporter, author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century