International Anti-Corruption Conference Mobilizes Activists, Policy-Makers, and Practitioners


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during the opening ceremony of the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasilia, Brazil, November 7, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Alyce Ahn serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Promoting transparency and accountability. Striving for sustainable development. Preventing corruption in sports. Ensuring political transitions lead to good governance. These were among the goals discussed this month in Brasilia, Brazil, as over 1900 participants from 140 countries gathered for the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC). 

The largest multi-stakeholder meeting in the world focused on combating corruption, the IACC is a biennial forum where government officials and representatives from nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, development agencies, and the private sector gather to exchange knowledge, evaluate progress, and collectively devise innovative ways to more effectively promote integrity and fight corruption. This year’s IACC also placed a special emphasis on preventing and combating corruption by mobilizing and… more »

NYPD Study Tour Inspires New Policing Efforts in Karachi

Jimmy Hall, New York Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Patrol meets with NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly at the NYPDs Joint Ops Center in New York, New York. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Andreea Ursu serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Like New York City, Karachi is one of the world’s largest cities with a dynamic and diverse population of approximately 18 million. But, apart from the common concerns of police working in any major city, the police of Karachi must also contend with extreme violence perpetrated by sectarian and organized crime syndicates resulting in hundreds of deaths per year. Outnumbered and under armed, Karachi Police combat kidnappings, face systematic targeted killings, and respond to daily civilian demonstrations that frequently turn violent. 

Though Pakistan’s problems may seem a world away, the instability and pernicious crimes expereinced in a city like Karachi are felt the world over. At the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), we work to combat these corrosive trends in the interest of local and regional stability. INL works to expand access… more »