Combating Corruption to Drive Democratic Renewal

December 6, 2021 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Event Overview

A Kickoff Event for the Summit for Democracy.

On December 6, the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Center for European Policy Analysis, the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group, the FACT Coalition, and the Leveraging Transparency to Reduce Corruption initiative will co-host a seminar on the fight against corruption and its relationship to advancing democracy and addressing democratic backsliding globally.   

The event will begin with a keynote address from Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury Wally Adeyemo, who will focus on the Biden administration’s domestic and international anti-corruption agenda. He will then join Brookings President John R. Allen in conversation to further address anti-corruption priorities such as advancing economic fairness, combating money laundering, stemming illicit financial flows, and implementing beneficial ownership transparency as well as opportunities for cross-sector collaboration to address these challenges.  

The panel discussion to follow will look at anti-corruption issues through the lens of the upcoming US-led Summit for Democracy and the release of the “Democracy Playbook 2021: 10 Commitments for Advancing Democracy.” This new report grounds possible commitments and deliverables to be made by governments and other participants in the summit. Expert panelists will unpack those commitments using the example of anti-corruption, but also discuss more broadly how the Summit for Democracy and the “year of action” to follow can renew and strengthen democracy, fight growing authoritarianism, and usher in an era of improved governance.  

After the session, panelists will take audience questions (time permitting). Viewers can submit questions for speakers by emailing events@brookings.edu or via Twitter at @BrookingsGov by using #DemocracyPlaybook.

Keynote and Fireside Chat:

Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary, US Department of the Treasury

John R. Allen, President, The Brookings Institution


Ian Gary, Executive Director, Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition

Michael Jarvis, Executive Director, Transparency and Accountability Initiative

Jonathan Katz, Senior Fellow and Director of Democracy Initiatives, The German Marshall Fund

Jennifer Lewis, Deputy Director, Anti-Corruption Task Force, U.S. Agency for International Development

Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis

Welcome and Moderation by:

Norman Eisen, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

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