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Transnational Responses to Kleptocracy: The Role of Transit and Destination Countries

Join the International Republican Institute on March 29 for a hybrid event on the multifaceted nature of kleptocratic tactics and the role of transit and destination countries in Europe in enabling transnational corruption.

Virtual & In-Person Event March 29, 2022 8:45am – 12:15pm

Overview.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) invites you to join us for “Transnational Responses to Kleptocracy: The Role of Transit and Destination Countries” on March 29th in Brussels. This half-day hybrid (in-person and virtual) event will take place in the afternoon from 2:45 to 6:15 pm CET, with a reception to follow in the early evening for those attending in-person.

The event will explore the multifaceted nature of kleptocratic tactics and the role of transit and destination countries in Europe in enabling transnational corruption. In light of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine, panelists will also reflect on Russian kleptocracy as a vehicle for authoritarian rule. IRI will also present its new report, The Kleptocrat’s Playbook, which provides an innovative framework for understanding the range of tactics corrupt leaders employ around the world.

Planned speakers include Members of European Parliament, EU-based think-tanks and academics, as well as US-based experts from the National Endowment for Democracy, the Hudson Institute, and IRI.

Event Registration: If you would like to join virtually, please register using the Eventbrite registration box above. Zoom information will be sent to you the morning of the event.

If you would like to join inperson, please inform us as soon as possible via email (aadrian@iri.org).

The event will be held at:

Hotel Leopold Brussels EU

France Room

Rue du Luxembourg 35, 1050 Ixelles

Brussels, Belgium

Please be advised that we cannot guarantee a spot for every attendee as space is limited, and that we are working with the venue to ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Who’s speaking?

Eguiar
Lizundia

Deputy Director, Technical Advancement – Center for Global Impact

GUEST

Camino Mortera-Martinez

Center for European Reform

GUEST

Antonio López-Istúriz White

Member of the European Parliament

GUEST

Daniel Freund

Member of the European Parliament

GUEST

Danuta Maria Hübner

Member of the European Parliament

GUEST

Tena Prelec

Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford

GUEST

Nate Sibley

Hudson Institute

GUEST

Melissa Aten

National Endowment for Democracy

GUEST

Gary Kalman

Transparency International

GUEST

Bridget Millman

National Endowment for Democracy

GUEST

Stanislau Ivashkevich

Belarusian Investigative Center

Agenda

14:00 – 14:45 (CET)

Registration 
Coffee will be served for those attending in-person. 
The virtual session will begin promptly at 2:45 pm CET.  

Master of Ceremonies: Eguiar Lizundia, Deputy Director for Technical Advancement, Center for Global Impact, International Republican Institute

14:45 – 15:00 (CET)

Opening Remarks

  • Speaker: Scott Mastic, Vice President for Programs, International Republican Institute  
15:00 – 15:45 (CET)

Presentation – The Kleptocrat’s Playbook: A Framework for Understanding Kleptocracy

  • Speaker: Eguiar Lizundia, Deputy Director for Technical Advancement, Center for Global Impact, International Republican Institute 
  • Commentator: Gary Kalman, Director, Transparency International US   

Q&A

15:45 – 17:00 (CET)

Panel – It Takes a Network to Defeat a Network: Pushing Back Against Kleptocracy in Russia and Beyond 

  • Moderator: Bridget Millman, Senior Program Officer, Global Programs, National Endowment for Democracy 
    • Panelist: Melissa Aten, Senior Research Officer, National Endowment for Democracy 
    • Panelist: Nate Sibley, Research Fellow, Kleptocracy Initiative, Hudson Institute 
    • Panelist: Tena Prelec, Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford 
    • Panelist: Stanislau Ivashkevich, Chairman, Belarusian Investigative Center     

Q&A

17:00 – 18:00 (CET)

Panel – The Status of the Fight Against Kleptocracy in Europe

  • Moderator: Joanna Rohozinska, Resident Program Director, Transatlantic Division, International Republican Institute 
    • Panelist: MEP Daniel Freund, Co-Chair of the Anti-Corruption Intergroup; Member of the Committee on International Trade, European Parliament
    • Panelist: Camino Mortera-Martinez, Senior Research Fellow, Center for European Reform 
    • Panelist: MEP Danuta Maria Hübner, Co-Chair of the Anti-Corruption Intergroup; Member of the Subcommittee on Tax Matters (FISC), European Parliament  

Q&A

18:00 – 18:15 (CET)

Closing Remarks

  • Speaker: Secretary General of the European People’s Party Mr. Antonio López-Istúriz White, Member of the European Parliament and Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee 

The virtual session will close at 6:15 pm CET.  

18:15 – 19:15 (CET)

Reception 

Refreshments and beverages will be served for those attending in-person.  

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