Dictators without borders

Each of the five Central Asian states, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan is home to consolidated authoritarian regimes and poorly governed states.

After more than two decades of independence from the Soviet Union, entrenched regimes and enduring patronage machines have short-circuited the transition to democracy – but this was not achieved without substantial assistance from global financial connections, hidden bank accounts and offshore networks.

Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and professor of political science at Barnard College


Presenter: Phillip Adams

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