Dark Money and Democracy: Is There a Way Out?

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Has foreign ‘dark money’ undermined democracy as we know it?

The 2016 US elections, the Brexit referendum, the Scottish independence referendum – time and again allegations of nefarious financial meddling raise a cloud of uncertainty over democratic processes across the world. And as the UK’s recent Russia Report indicates, the willingness or ability of political leaders to take on this malign activity appears to be absent; the role of the private sector is in question; and the use of finance as a tool of intelligence is most often absent.

This discussion will therefore consider the malign influence of finance and the ways in which a smarter understanding of financial flows can help governments and their private sectors secure the integrity of democracies and their democratic processes.

The webinar forms part of a series of panels, organised by RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, which examine the impact of the US elections on global illicit finance.

Speakers include:

  • Josh Rudolph, fellow for malign finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and author of the recent paper ‘Covert Foreign Money: Financial Loopholes Exploited by Authoritarians to Fund Political Interference in Democracies’
  • Gemma Rogers, co-founder of Fintrail
  • Edward Lucas, senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), independent analyst, campaigner, commentator and regular writer on malign finance.

The discussion will be moderated by Tom Keatinge, Director of RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies.

If you have any questions regarding an event please contact AlannaP@rusi.org.

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