Case Studies

In this section, you will find case studies providing an analysis of corruption on specific military operations. Each case study looks at the corruption risks that the mission faced, what mitigation measures were implemented to deal with these risks, and whether these measures were effective. The findings from these case studies have been used to inform the Risk Pathways and Anti-Corruption Measures guidance.

Corruption and Plan Colombia: The Missing Link

Plan Colombia – one of the largest security assistance programmes ever undertaken – is widely seen as successful. It helped construct modern, effective armed forces in Colombia capable of tackling the drug trafficking and insurgency threats. But what…

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Making the system work: security assistance to Ukraine, 2014-2017

After the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and breakout of the separatist conflict in the east of Ukraine, Ukrainian armed forces received significant assistance from European and North American partners. By the summer of 2016, 18 countries…

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Afghanistan: Corruption and the making of warlords

Widespread corruption has been widely blamed for the failure of OEF and ISAF missions in Afghanistan to secure peace and support the development of a legitimate, effective Afghan state. While countering corruption is not a chiefly military task,…

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Corruption and UN peace operations

While UN peace operations have made a significant contribution to international peace and security, their legitimacy and effectiveness has often been undermined by corruption – both among mission personnel and in the host country. The UN’s attempts to…

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