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Global security and world order are threatened as never before by myriad sources of instability. Foremost is the collapse of macroeconomic stability and fiscal certainty. Next, possibly, is the lack of concord among the powers of the world, with Russian, Chinese, and American competition and mutual suspicion preventing the confident resolution of a number of outstanding and intractable subsidiary issues. Some of those concern the spread of nuclear weapon capacity and the resilience of terror and terroristic movements.Additionally , tyranny continues to stalk the globe, especially in Africa and Central Asia and parts of Southeast Asia and Latin America. As the chapters in this book show, corruption is at the very center of all of these contentious global anxieties, fueling their fury and magnifying their intensity. This book, in novel and path-breaking ways, explores the enabling ties between corrupt practice and security, corrupt practice and human rights and development, and corrupt practice and the maintenance of tyranny. It also provides abundant studies of key egregious national examples. This book emerged out of rich conversations at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences stimulated, originally, by Robert Legvold’s deep knowledge of Russia and the Russian near abroad. The Academy and its Committee on International Security Studies, the Program on Intrastate Conflict at the Kennedy School of Government, and the World Peace Foundation subsequently organized a series of heuristic meetings in 2007 and 2008 to discuss modern ramifications and implications of deeply embedded corruption, especially as it posed novel (or at least hitherto largely unexplored) threats to world order. This book is the result. vii Preface 00 0328-0 fm.qxd 7/15/09 3:42 PM Page vii This resulting volume builds on essays originally prepared for discussion at one or more of the joint meetings. Each has been revised multiple times; I am grateful to my fellow contributors for the painstaking care with which each contributor approached the tasks of writing and revision, and—with equal fervor—to Emily Wood for her assiduous attention to the daunting details of copy-editing, fact-checking, and marshalling so many authors and subjects. The result is a tribute to the contributors and to her. The authors and I are also grateful to Alice Noble and Elizabeth Huttner at the Academy for hosting us so well (and for Martin Malin’s guidance earlier), and for Katie Naeve and Vanessa Tucker, of the Program, for keeping us focused and well-organized during the long months from inception to completion . Charles Norchi participated in our discussions and made lasting contributions to this book’s architecture. The sponsorship at the Academy of the Committee on International Security Studies, chaired so ably by Carl Kaysen and John Steinbruner, enabled this project and book to become a reality. I appreciate the committee’s confidence and backing throughout the process of testing initial ideas and maturing them into a completed product. The committee wisely encouraged us to embrace corruption in all of its security facets. The World Peace Foundation, led by Philip Khoury, its chair, and other trustees also strengthened the conceptual foundations of the project and eventual book. I am appreciative, too, for the continued backing for this and other projects of Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, and his and my other colleagues within the always intellectually engaged and lively Center. Robert I. Rotberg March 1, 2009 viii Preface 00 0328-0 fm.qxd 7/15/09 3:42 PM Page viii Corruption, Global Security, and World Order 00 0328-0 fm.qxd 7/15/09 3:42 PM Page ix 00 0328-0 fm.qxd 7/15/09 3:42 PM Page x ...


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