The rise of authoritarian kleptocrats around the world may be the main geopolitical issue of our time, and the threat to liberal democracy can’t be overstated. But although the assault on democratic institutions in the United States, Europe and elsewhere is on public display, most of us see only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the underlying corruption and vast flows of illegal money around the globe. Tom Burgis, Luke Harding and Tom Firestone join Susan and Greg to explain the massive scale of kleptocracy they are helping expose, which normally surfaces only occasionally thanks to diligent investigations or leaks such as the Panama Papers.
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Investigations Correspondent, Financial Times
Author, Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World
Parter, North American Government Enforcement practice co-chair, Baker & McKenzie
Former Assistant US Attorney, Eastern District of New York
Senior International Correspondent, The Guardian
Author, Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem, and Russia’s Remaking of the West
Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs
Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power
Director, Transatlantic Democracy Working Group
Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard
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