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Recent terror attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali expose weaknesses from graft

Publisher: The FCPA Blog
January 19, 2016
Day Pitney Author(s) Robert M. Appleton

Bob Appleton wrote an article, “Recent terror attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali expose weaknesses from graft,” for The FCPA Blog. The article focuses on how two recent terrorist attacks—in Burkina Faso at the Splendid Hotel and in Mali at the Radisson—are indirectly tied to corruption within government organizations. Appleton viewed the relationship through the fact that state institutions weakened by corruption often have a diminished capacity to address and respond to other risks, such as terrorism. Appleton also draws on his personal experience in the article, as he stayed at these hotels during his trips to Burkina Faso and Mali for the corruption investigations he conducted while he worked at the United Nations and the Global Fund.


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