The disaster-corruption connection

Examining the nature of political settlements and how they fail populations.

Members event, Panel
9 October 2023 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM

Political settlements, or ‘elite bargains’, among rival elites in the Middle East and elsewhere have often been pursued by international policymakers who have prioritized ‘stability’ over accountability. While direct forms of violence may have reduced, the consequences for citizens have been just as deadly.

Recent catastrophes, including the floods in Libya and the earthquake in Morocco, have revealed the consequences of longstanding government corruption. Tens of thousands have died because of inadequate state funding on infrastructure and underfunded resources.

A recent research paper argues that elite bargains and direct violence both play an equal part in the failure of states. To avoid a return the sort of violence seen in countries like Libya, Lebanon and Iraq, is there a more appropriate solution?

The panel of experts will discuss:

  • How elite bargains have become entrenched, and how can citizen movements overturn them?
  • How can the international community navigate this risk of a resurgence in violence?
  • What can the international community do to better ensure that elite bargains do not undermine human development?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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