Peace and Corruption 2015: Lowering Corruption—A Transformative Factor for Peace

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There is a tipping point at which once the perceived level of institutional corruption is reached, the peace experienced in a country plummets—for every slight rise in perceived corruption, a large decrease in peace follows. Most vulnerable are the institutions of security (the police and judiciary). Once a citizen believes they can no longer rely on the police or legal system to protect them, a country becomes extremely vulnerable to insecurity. Eradicating the corruption within security institutions, therefore, must be the first step in assistance designed to reduce violence and improve peace.

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Security Topics: Security and Development