At A Glance
KI’s research safeguards the integrity of the US financial system, targets the corruption of authoritarian adversaries, and advances US global leadership.
Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative explores how transnational corruption is reshaping global politics and security. Launched in response to Russia’s first invasion of Ukraine in 2014, its cutting-edge research has played a leading role in elevating the fight against authoritarian kleptocracy to become a core US national security concern.
It is no coincidence that the world’s most corrupt regimes also pose the greatest threat to global security. Major US adversaries including China, Iran, and Russia are all structured as kleptocracies: Entrenching their authoritarian rule through corrupt domestic networks, and exporting corrupt practices globally to advance malign foreign policy objectives.