RUSI-TI-GW Roundtable: Corruption and Security Interventions

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International stabilisation missions and security assistance programmes frequently operate in environments where corruption is a significant factor. Although it is usually seen as a subsidiary issue to military operations and/or building the tactical capacity of host forces, corruption—often in combination with organised crime, terrorist activity and institutional weakness—significantly hinders mission effectiveness and may contribute to serious security threats.

Corruption No Go ZoneThis may be in the form of practical problems, such as procurement of sub-standard equipment and adverse impact on the operational readiness of forces being trained. In the longer term, however, corruption could also stunt societal development and inhibit creation of strong governance structures, undermining the long-term goals of most interventions.

This workshop will focus on the nexus between corruption and security within the framework of international interventions and international security and defence assistance programmes. It will be based on four reports: a Transparency International Defence and Security Programme (“TI DSP”) – Global Witness handbook entitled Corruption Threats and International Missions: Practical guidance for leaders (September 2014); Corruption: Lessons from the international mission in Afghanistan; a forthcoming TI-DSP discussion paper on corruption and security assistance to Malian armed forces prior to the 2012 coup; and a 2011 document produced jointly by RUSI, TI DSP and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on Afghanistan entitled Governance, Counter Corruption and Development: Reshaping Priorities for 2015 and Beyond.

For more information about this event please click on the 'Corruption and Security Interventions Agenda' on this page or contact Hannah Croft at or Karolina MacLachlan at


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