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Publication Date

Winter 2008

Publication Citation

15 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 149 (2008)


This article argues that the current intersection of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is turning U.S. investment and aid policy in a direction that neither addresses corruption concerns, nor augments other U.S. foreign policy goals in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and perhaps more globally. The current regulatory system has caused OPIC to structure its investment projects in alternative forms that bypass anti-corruption regulations.W hile these alternatives serve to increase capital in developing economies, the distance they create between OPIC and the end-user fosters a lack of transparency and ultimately corruption. However, improvements in transparency combined with a restructuring of the OPIC system can create an investment system that addresses U.S.foreign policy concerns.

Democracy and the Transnational Private Sector, Symposium. Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, April 12-13, 2007.