Basel Peace Forum: Countering Strategic Corruption

This session at the Basel Peace Forum 2024 explores how strategic corruption influences geopolitics, stability and conflict, and where peace building and anti-corruption efforts should intersect.

Corruption has long been associated principally with undermining the rule of law, with unfair competition and with depriving countries of money that is needed for basic investment in development. In contrast, the use of corruption as an instrument of geopolitical strategy has long been underestimated.

With the increasing recognition of this phenomenon, most prominently when the US in 2021 established the fight against corruption and kleptocracy as a core national security interest, corruption is now much more associated with foreign policy, and with peace and international security.


  • Claudia Baez Camargo, Head of Public Governance, Basel Institute on Governance
  • Ara Marcen Naval, Head of Advocacy Defence and Security, Transparency International UK
  • Olena Tregub, Secretary General of NAKO, the Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Commission, Ukraine
  • Martin Vladimirov, Director, Energy and Climate Programme, Centre for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria
  • Moderator: Gretta Fenner, Managing Director, Basel Institute on Governance


  • 25 January 2024
  • 10:00 – 12:00 CET
  • Focus Zone I, Arena, kHaus Basel

The event is invitation only and will be offered in a hybrid format. If you are interested in attending virtually, please contact the organisers, Swisspeace.

Basel Peace Forum countering strategic corruption session
Start date
25 January 2024
End date
25 January 2024