Veneers of Governance: Lessons from Liberia’s Growing Vulnerability

Police officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) participate in a graduation ceremony. (Photo: )

As presidential elections approach, Liberia’s increasing vulnerability to instability and economic crisis is evident. Indeed, Liberia’s position across a range of governance indicators has declined since 2015. While accountability mechanisms exist on paper, they are applied only to the letter of the law, rather than to its full intent. Moreover, the executive has worked to scuttle the capacity of oversight institutions. As a result, strengthened institutions have become tools that benefit the elite, and compound corruption and impunity.

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Security Topics:  Combating Organized Crime   Security and Development