Transparency International’s latest report on corruption worldwide ranks Afghanistan #173 out of 180 countries, amplifying a longstanding and complex challenge for the Afghan state.
The report comes out at a moment of great uncertainty in Afghanistan, with the future U.S. role unclear and an extended election crisis delaying the seating of the country’s next government. The report also comes at a moment of rising international donor fatigue.
The latest episode of The AfPak File unpacks Transparency International’s report, discusses what it means for Afghanistan, and examines the broader challenges of combating corruption in the country today.
Joining the discussion are Karen Coats, an independent consultant and development specialist in Afghanistan; Mustafa Sarwar, a senior journalist with RFE/RL's Afghanistan service, Radio Azadi, Syed Ikram Afzali, executive director of Integrity Watch Afghanistan, and Michael Kugelman, Asia Program deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center.
As always, RFE/RL's Media Manager, Muhammad Tahir moderated the discussion.