Episode 118: Kleptocracy Enablers and a Historic Partnership

Good evening, listeners! We have a great show for you this week, as host Richard Aldous welcomes Oliver Bullough to the program to discuss how the West enables kleptocracy before speaking with Lawrence J. Haas regarding his new book about the relationship between Vice President Harry Truman and Senator Arthur Vandenberg.

First, freelance journalist Oliver Bullough reflects on an international anti-corruption summit hosted by David Cameron last week, and makes the point that Western enablers are actually facilitating kleptocrats in some very important ways. He describes the London Kleptocracy Tour that he helped put together that invites the public to drive around the city and visit houses that belong to wealthy foreign investors.

Then, Lawrence J. Haas, senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and former communications director for Vice President Al Gore, comes on the show to talk about how Truman and Vandenberg forged a working bipartisan partnership during a highly polarized era in American history. He grounds this reflection in modern politics, noting that Donald Trump referenced Vandenberg in a speech last month, and looks at what our current crop of politicians might be able to learn from Harry and Arthur.

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Published on: May 17, 2016
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