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Charles Davidson

Executive Director, Kleptocracy Initiative

Charles Davidson is Executive Director of the Kleptocracy Initiative at Hudson Institute. Davidson is also Publisher & CEO of The American Interest LLC. He co-founded The American Interest magazine with Francis Fukuyama in 2005, along with partners Josef Joffe and Walter Russell Mead. Davidson co-founded the think tank Global Financial Integrity in 2006 and is its former Board Chair. He also produced the documentary We’re Not Broke that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010.

Charles Davidson is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

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Corruption: A Danger to Democracy in Europe and Eurasia

Charles Davidson

Across Eurasia, Western diplomats are increasingly ignored when they warn of corruption....

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Kleptocracy and Democracy: A Discussion with Ben Judah

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Hudson’s Kleptocracy Initiative event with Dr. Mark Galeotti mentioned in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Charles Davidson quoted in CNN on kleptocracies and autocracies