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Charles Davidson

Executive Director, Kleptocracy Initiative

Charles Davidson is Executive Director of the Kleptocracy Initiative at Hudson Institute. Davidson is also Publisher & CEO of The American Interest LLC. He co-founded The American Interest magazine with Francis Fukuyama in 2005, along with partners Josef Joffe and Walter Russell Mead. Davidson co-founded the think tank Global Financial Integrity in 2006 and is its former Board Chair. He also produced the documentary We’re Not Broke that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

Charles Davidson is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

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America must continue the fight against kleptocracy around the globe

Charles Davidson & Kate Bateman

Massive protests over the last few weeks have highlighted political graft around the globe, and the ensuing instability and violence that can result...

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How Non-State Actors Export Kleptocratic Norms to the West October 11th Event

Kleptocracy and Money Laundering: A Conversation with Kendall Day July 18th Event

Weaponizing Kleptocracy: Putin’s Hybrid Warfare June 14th Event

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Charles Davidson article on global fight against Kleptocracy featured in The Hill

Hudson’s Kleptocracy Initiative event with Dr. Mark Galeotti mentioned in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Charles Davidson quoted in CNN on kleptocracies and autocracies