In Afghanistan, the Challenge of Corruption May Rival the Taliban Insurgency

Friday, June 25, 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai talks during a meeting with elders in Kunduz, Afghanistan. (Getty Images/Getty)

Corruption is rampant in Afghanistan. It is one of the biggest problems faced by coalition forces, and citizens there worry about corruption in the government corruption and the bribes they have to pay in their day-to-day lives. Earlier this week counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen spoke to the Takeaway about these challenges. "Most importantly is the issue of corruption and abuse on the part of the Afghan government. If we don't deal with that, no amount of military changing the deck chairs is going to fix this problem," he said.

For more, we're joined by Nancy Boswell, president of the U.S. chapter of Transparency International.  She says that every country is different and that "this problem is never fixed. It's an ongoing challenge that we have to be aware of and taking steps on all the time." She says that combatting corruption has to start at the top with good leadership.

Guests:

Nancy Boswell

Produced by:

Noel King

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