It isn’t uncommon to hear in Ukraine today that President Petro Poroshenko is no less corrupt than Viktor Yanukovych, the Kremlin-linked leader who was ousted in the 2014 Maidan revolution. Ukraine’s campaign against corruption—the root of many political ills—is facing tough times, with implications beyond Kiev.
Halfway through his four-year term, the scandal-plagued president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, has an approval rating of just 19 percent, according to a recent poll. In an email interview, Elizabeth Oglesby discusses corruption and security under Morales and the fate of pivotal corruption investigations.
On Jan. 8, a major corruption trial began in Vietnam that could result in the first-ever conviction of a former member of the powerful Politburo of the Communist Party. In an email interview, Carl Thayer discusses the wider crackdown on corruption, its track record so far and its implications for Vietnam.