About

Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative researches how authoritarian regimes and globalized corruption threaten democracy, capitalism, and security.

The Achilles’ heel of today’s autocracies is they are politically structured as kleptocracies, creating the potential to expose the massive and often hidden financial mechanisms used to shelter misappropriated assets. Today’s unchecked kleptocracies are demonstrating contempt for international law, resulting in territorial expansionism and cyber attacks that seriously threaten U.S. national security.

KI conducts original research on the financial practices of autocratic governments and their leaders, and works to design new and effective policies aimed at limiting the ability of hostile foreign actors to abscond with national assets and use those assets against both their own citizens and the United States and its allies. KI also provides daily news updates and frequent briefings for policymakers and journalists in the U.S. and overseas.