Munich Security Conference: Corruption and security panel discussion

For the first time ever, the Munich Security Conference on 16-18 February is putting corruption on the agenda.

Gretta Fenner, Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance, will moderate a panel discussion on 16 February at 15:30 featuring:

  • Bernardo Arévalo, President of Guatemala
  • Nikolai Denkov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria
  • Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Budget
  • Ketakandriana Rafitoson, Vice Chair of Transparency International
  • 1st Comment: Hanna Hopko, Founder and Chair of the Board, ANT; Munich Young Leader 2016

The Munich Security Conference's sudden attention to corruption coincides with a rise in concern over corruption as a security issue and strategic or "weaponised" corruption as a geopolitical threat. The panel will discuss:

  1. What impact does corruption have on state stability, democratic governance and development?
  2. How are countries using strategic corruption to advance their geopolitical goals?
  3. How does strategic corruption converge with other phenomena that undermine national and international security? 
  4. What are key enabling factors of (strategic) corruption, and what is the role of transparency measures such as beneficial ownership registries in fighting corruption? 
  5. How can the anti-corruption and the defence and security communities work together to reduce the nefarious effect of corruption on international peace and security.

For the agenda, report and live streaming, see the website.

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Start date
16 February 2024
End date
18 February 2024
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