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Negotiating Anti-Corruption Reforms in Post-Conflict Societies

Political Corruption
Bertram Spector

International and bilateral donors have poured large sums of money into post-conflict countries like Afghanistan and Iraq to hasten security, stabilize the peace, rebuild governance, and stimulate economic and social development. Often, a cross-cutting goal is to combat corruption, and major programs have been designed and implemented to promote anti-corruption reforms, but they have yielded few immediate results. Are the expectations of these programs unrealistic or are post-conflict countries just not ready or capable of implementing the difficult legal, political, economic, and cultural changes that are required to reduce or prevent corruption? Producing a measurable and visible impact on corruption levels can take time