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Dirty Money – How Corrosive Capital Undermines Democracy

  • 06:00 PM
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Dirty Money – How Corrosive Capital Undermines Democracy


With Dr. Svetoslav Derderyan and Andrew Wilson

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Hotel Talisa | Vail

The end of the Cold War, best symbolized by the fall of the Berlin Wall, ushered in a period of global democratic expansion and unprecedented hope. Initially, aid from the West abetted this trend, providing funding to nascent democratic institutions. However, the 21st century has witnessed the reemergence of the historic Western-Russian rivalry. Exacerbating this existing competition, ascendant China now seeks to exert its influence around the globe.
Today, the liberal democratic order created in the aftermath of World War II is challenged by a new model of investment emanating from closed political systems that tie foreign policy goals to economic engagement. Capital flows from authoritarian states take advantage of and weaken the rule of law in many recipient countries while creating a disadvantage for Western firms held to higher standards of compliance. The debate about, and impact of, these trends is being felt on a global scale as issues ranging from trade policy and data accessibility to labor and environmental standards come under question.
Join us as Svetoslav Derderyan addresses the support initially provided to fledgling democracies by the West to build democratic institutions and support the rule of law. Andrew Wilson, executive director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), will discuss the more recent emergence and burgeoning of adversarial investment in these vulnerable countries. Both speakers will then join in conversation to explore strategies for moving forward.
Dr. Svet Derderyan is a Professor of Instruction in Political Science at both University of Colorado Boulder and University of Denver.  He grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to the US as a teenager for college. His research focuses broadly on global anti-corruption, the role of international organizations in democratization, and foreign direct investment and economic development.
His most recent co-authored publication, “Measuring International Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, Vol. III” (2017) explains the evolving authority and structure of the 76 most prominent international organizations since the 1950s. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Derderyan has given multiple talks on corruption, European- Russian and American-Russian relations in the post-Cold War era and the role of civic activism in democracy promotion, etc.
Dr. Derderyan obtained his PhD in Political Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2015.  Prior to that he worked as a Consultant at MarketBridge in Washington, DC and Toronto, Canada, as an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York, and as a Legislative Assistant at the United States Senate (the US Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus D-MT). He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hamilton College in New York in 2006 with degrees in Economics and International Relations.
Andrew Wilson is the executive director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C. Wilson has extensive experience working with the private sector on development issues in conflict and post-conflict settings, crafting successful business strategies to reduce
corruption, encouraging entrepreneurship development, strengthening business advocacy, improving corporate governance standards, and promoting economic reform. He is called on frequently to speak about the linkages between democracy and business, as well as the challenges to growth in emerging markets, including corruption and the threat of corrosive capital.
Wilson has worked at CIPE since 1996 in a variety of roles, including Deputy Director
for Strategic Planning and Programs, and Regional Director for Europe, Eurasia, and
South Asia. Prior to his time at CIPE, Wilson worked for several development NGOs
focusing on economic reform, private sector growth, and public diplomacy. Over the years, Wilson has served on numerous international working groups dedicated to political and economic development in transitional societies. He has also worked with non-profit boards to improve strategic planning and optimize organizational development. He is currently a board member of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and is a Director and Trustee of the Meadows Foundation in Dallas, Texas.
Wilson received his MA in East European Area Studies from the University of London (SSEES) and a BA in History from Lewis and Clark College.
This program is generously underwritten by Pat & Larry Stewart

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