Title

The Impact of Organized Crime and Corruption On Democratic and Economic Reform

Thursday, March 23, 2000
2:30pm
Room 483, Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20002
United States
Official Transcript: 
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Chris Smith
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Statement: 
Name: 
Hon. Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Title Text: 
Co-Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Statement: 
Name: 
Hon. Frank Wolf
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Rob Boone
Title: 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Narcotics and International Law Enforcement
Body: 
United States Department of State
Statement: 
Name: 
James Weber
Title: 
Deputy Assistant Director, Investigative Services Division
Body: 
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Statement: 
Name: 
John Tennant
Title: 
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Europe and the New Independent States
Body: 
United States Agency for International Development
Name: 
Adrian Karatnycky
Title: 
President
Body: 
Freedom House
Name: 
Nancy Lubin
Title: 
President
Body: 
JNA Associates, Inc.

Commissioners Christopher Smith and Ben Nighthorse Campbell, along with others, discussed just how detrimental organized crime and corruption are on society. More specifically, organized crime negatively impact democracy’s expansion, the promotion of civil society, and security in the OSCE region, as well as economic development, particularly in southeast Europe and Central Asia.

This is relevant to the United States because it has a strategic interest in promoting democratic reform and stability in the former U.S.S.R. and Central Asia. Countries in this region assist U.S. businesses exploring market opportunities, and the U.S. provides a good bit of bilateral assistance to these countries. The Helsinki Commission has pressed for greater OSCE involvement in efforts to combat corruption.

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