MENA Salon: Corruption in the Middle East

Workshop | February 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On February 13, Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accepting $300,000 in bribes. Between November and January, the Saudi government detained 381 individuals and seized $106.6 billion as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign. For its part, Iraq arrested 290 officials on corruption charges in 2017. What drives government corruption in the Middle East and North Africa? What motivates institutional actors across the region to “crack down” on corruption or to let it slide? And what exactly is government corruption, anyway? We will consider these and other questions in this week’s MENA Salon.

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