U.S. authorities intend to “strive to better understand and respond to transnational aspects of corruption.”
The Washington administration on Monday presented the first anti-corruption strategy in the history of the United States, including at the transnational level.
“The strategy sets out a nationwide approach to intensifying the fight against corruption. Special attention is paid to a better understanding and response to the transnational aspect of the threat, including by taking additional measures to reduce the ability of corrupt actors to use American and international financial systems to conceal assets and launder funds obtained as a result of corrupt activities,” reads a press release issued by the press service of the National Security Council (NSC) of the White House in connection with the publication of the strategy.
The new strategy is based on five fundamental elements: modernization, coordination, and provision of resources for the efforts of the U.S. government to combat corruption; suppression of illegal financing; bringing corrupt individuals to justice; preservation and strengthening of the multilateral anti-corruption architecture; improvement of diplomatic cooperation and mobilization of foreign aid resources to achieve the goals of anti-corruption policy.
As a high-ranking representative of the Washington administration explained during a special telephone briefing on Sunday, as part of the new strategy, the U.S. authorities intend to “strive to better understand and respond to transnational aspects of corruption, <…> including by increasing intelligence and diplomatic resources aimed at solving this problem.”
According to the official, the strategy also involves “deepening coordination” with foreign partners to “strengthen their ability to seek accountability” for corruption, as well as “strengthening support for activists and media employees engaged in investigative journalism.” “We [also] intend to improve the analysis of corruption-related risks in the provision of the United States foreign aid and security assistance,” the administration official added.