Global Caviar Diplomacy

On February 24, 2017, Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative hosted Gerald Knaus, Chairman of the European Stability Initiative, to talk about Azerbaijan’s “Caviar Diplomacy” at the Council of Europe.

In 2012, ESI published Caviar Diplomacy: How Azerbaijan silenced the Council of Europe, followed by The European Swamp: Prosecutors, Corruption and the Council of Europe in late 2016.

The reports describe “how an authoritarian regime in Baku has managed to sidestep its commitments, silence its critics and turn international election monitoring into political theater. It is a story of how Europe’s oldest human rights organization has been neutered.”

Caviar Diplomacy presents one of the most comprehensive and compelling case studies of how kleptocracies export corruption in an attempt to subvert democratic institutions.

Watch Gerald discuss ESI’s work at Hudson Institute in the video above.