The UK’s Overseas Operations Bill: Good Questions, Wrong Answers
Professor Michael Clarke, the former Director General of RUSI, makes the case that the Overseas Operations Bill will not just provide protection for British armed forces against frivolous or fraudulent claims. He suggests it will put the UK at odds with international law, reduce the rights of troops who have served overseas and may create a loophole ininternational law which could be exploited by authoritarian regimes.
The incredible resilience of Kyrgyzstan
Erica Marat details the current struggles in Kyrgyzstan following the parliamentary election which was widely perceived to have been rigged. After each of the previous revolutions in 2005 and 2010, citizens groups have emerged to protect local businesses from rioters and this has happened again this time. The Kyrgyz population is, she suggests, resilient both to corrupt rulers and the riots their behviour sparks.
Covert Foreign Money: Financial Loopholes Exploited by Authoritarians to Fund Political Interference in Democracies
This is a major report by Josh Rudolph and Thomas Morley looking at how dark money gets into politics. It is mainly focussed on the USA, but has a lot on the UK and other countries too. In essence, Rudolph and Morley say there are seven ways in which illicit money enters politics:
- In-kind contributions from foreign donors
- Straw donors
- Companies with foreign funders
- Non-profits with foreign donors
- Online ads bought by foreign nationals
- Media outlets with foreign funding
- Emerging technologies offering anonymity