Eguiar Lizundia

Senior Advisor, Governance and Anti-Corruption,

Eguiar Lizundia is a Senior Advisor for Governance and Anti-Corruption in IRI’s Center for Global Impact. In his role, Eguiar leads IRI’s global efforts to promote open government, strengthen legislatures, improve environmental governance, and fight corruption and kleptocracy. He recently served as the editor of The Kleptocrat’s Playbook and has authored multiple toolkits and resources.

Eguiar joined IRI in 2016 and served as Deputy Director for Technical Advancement until 2022. Prior to IRI, Eguiar helped design, implement and evaluate public sector management reform projects in Latin America and Africa at the World Bank. Previously, Eguiar was a consultant in Spain and a researcher in Argentina.

Eguiar holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, an International Diploma from Sciences Po Paris and a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Eguiar writes regularly for Spanish media outlets and has published opinion pieces in The American Interest, Brookings and Atlantic Council, among others.

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atlantic council

Democracy in Latin America is under threat. These two summits are a chance to fix it.

From authoritarian entrenchment and persistent corruption to widespread human-rights abuses, the democratic ecosystem throughout Latin America is fragile.

Modern Diplomacy

Maximizing Biden’s Plan to Combat Corruption and Promote Good Governance in Central America

To tackle enduring political, economic and security challenges in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the Biden administration…

Just Security

The Fight Against Kleptocracy Should Look Beyond the West

The global movement to combat kleptocracy has wind in its sails. With its sights set on curbing this most pernicious form of corruption…


Strengthening citizen-centered governance should be a core element of the Biden administration’s democracy agenda

There are indications that President-elect Joe Biden intends to make supporting democracy a key element of his administration’s foreign policy.

Diplomatic Courier

The Path to Achieving International Commitments

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically highlighted the need for effective international cooperation in a globalized world, where country-level solutions cannot effectively address transnational challenges.

World Politics review

Why Fighting Corruption Is Key in a ‘New Era of Great-Power Competition’

The Trump administration is due to soon formally release its findings from a review of U.S. foreign assistance programs…

Geopolitical Monitor

Magical Thinking Won’t Solve Systemic Graft in Latin America

The shocking suicide of former Peruvian president Alan García minutes before the police was set to arrest him on corruption charges…


The Fight Against Corruption is the Latest Casualty of Political Polarization

Much ink has been spilled over the hyper-partisanship that seems to have taken over American life…

The Hill

To combat terrorism, tackle corruption fueling discontent

For more than 15 years, defeating global terrorism has been among the foremost national security priorities for the United States.

Fikra Forum

In Tunisia’s War on Corruption, Local Government is on the Front Line

Seven years after the Jasmine Revolution toppled the graft-ridden dictatorship of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, corruption remains one of the top concerns of average Tunisians.

Diplomatic Courier

Is Systemic Corruption Driving Violent Extremism?

In recent years, high-profile corruption scandals have unleashed a wave of popular protests against politicians across the world.

The American Interest

Focus on Institutions, Not Personalities

The focus on political personalities, as opposed to the corrosive effect on government institutions and policymaking, has made it easier for populists to co-opt the fight against corruption.

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