Corruption in Expected and Unexpected Places

february, 2022

16feb9:00 am10:20 amCorruption in Expected and Unexpected Places


(Wednesday) 9:00 am - 10:20 am


USF Student Center

200 6th Ave S

Event Details

Corruption is everywhere, including the United States. This panel will discuss its forms and effects in Russia and Latin and North America, who benefits from it, and why it is so endemic and difficult to abolish or even control.

Panel Discussion Moderated by Eduardo Cue


Speakers for this event

  • Adam Blackwell

    Adam Blackwell

    Is the Vice President International at the Development Services Group, building high-value networks to help professionals develop capacity, forge new partnerships and effect meaningful policy change. He is leading the project to support the Department of State in its efforts to document, analyze and coordinate a response to the global challenge of terrorism. Adam Blackwell began his diplomatic career in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Kenya. He served in a variety of assignments, at headquarters and in the field, including as Consul-General in Mexico and at the Mission to the United Nations in New York. In 2000 he completed the Executive Development Program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He then served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Dominican Republic from 2002-05 and Director-General of Strategy and Services in the Bilateral Relations Branch of Foreign Affairs and International Trade from 2005-06. Ambassador Blackwell continued his international career at the Organization of American States at their headquarters in Washington, DC. Starting as Assistant Secretary of Finance and Administration (Treasurer) in 2006, Mr. Blackwell was then Secretary for External Relations in 2008 and Secretary for Multidimensional Security from October 2009 to December 2015. Mr. Blackwell has participated in and led several election observation and good office missions as well as received numerous awards and honors. Most notable of these are The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez, and Mella Grand Cross with Silver Breast Star, of the Dominican Republic and the Ministers Award for Management (1995). He also was a contributor and the key coordinator of the 2013 OAS Drug Report. A report that challenged the status quo in dealing with the drug problem in the Americas. He was also instrumental in helping to investigate and establish anti-corruption mechanisms across the region. Adam Blackwell served as a Diplomat in Residence at the William J. Perry Center for the Hemispheric Defense Studies (NDU). He served as the Chair of the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy for the World Economic Forum (WEF), a member of the Board of the Trust of the Americas, a member of the Commission to Reform Public Security in Honduras and a member of the Technical Coordinating Committee to manage the Peace Process in El Salvador. Ambassador Blackwell is also an active participant and presenter in international fora such as Davos, Chatham House, the Ditchley Foundation, Brookings Institution, the Wilson Center. Has published extensively and most recently the books.

  • Darrell Slider

    Darrell Slider

    Darrell Slider is Emeritus Professor of Global Studies at the University of South Florida (Tampa). He received a Ph.D in Political Science from Yale and has published widely on Soviet, Georgian, and Russian politics. Prof. Slider is editor and contributor to the forthcoming book, Putin's Russia (8th ed., Rowman and Littlefield).

  • Eduardo Cue

    Eduardo Cue


    Eduardo Cue is an experienced communications expert, media coach and international journalist who has trained professionals at the highest levels, including Heads of State, Cabinet ministers, French and American Ambassadors, high-level European business executives, and leading journalists. He has extensive experience working in Africa, Europe, the United States and Latin America. Totally fluent in English, French and Spanish, Mr. Cue served as a public information officer and spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Africa, Latin America and New York as well as for the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. He recently completed a long-range project to improve the external communications capabilities of the Nigerien military Eduardo is currently working as a European correspondent for the i24News network, for whom he covered the 2017 French presidential election and the secessionist movement in Catalonia in northeastern Spain. He brings to his training seminars experience as both a spokesperson and international journalist. His main topics include the art of the interview, how to get messages across to an audience, crisis communications, journalistic ethics, the relationship between the military and the media and the role of the media in a democracy. He has spoken before distinguished audiences including the AfriCorps summit that brings together African and US military leaders; the Senegalese Council of Ministers; and Parliamentary committees of the Moroccan Parliament. Eduardo carried out six missions as spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, serving in Geneva, New York, Chad, Colombia (where he was responsible for the public information operations of five countries), South Sudan and Mali. As an international journalist Eduardo has worked for the world’s leading media houses, including US News & World Report, United Press International, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and The Times of London, where he served as Latin American correspondent. The mayor stories he covered include the Nicaraguan Civil War, human rights in Chile, military rebellions in Argentina, the Spanish ETA terrorist group, the creation of the Euro, the crises in Zimbabwe and Venezuela, and several French and US presidential elections as well as the US Congress and the White House. In the field of television Eduardo was a producer and correspondent for the Mexican television network Televisa in Paris and Washington as well as a correspondent for CNN in Spanish in Paris. More recently, Eduardo was an international affairs editor for the French 24 network, where he analyzed geopolitics for both the English and French networks. He appears frequently on numerous international radio and television channels to analyze events ranging from North Korea to the Middle East. Eduardo began his career in Spain covering the transition from the Franco dictatorship to democracy before joining the metropolitan staff of The Washington Post. He attended Georgetown University, where he received an AB Degree in political science and European history and received an MS in Journalism from Columbia University in New York.



  • Michael C. Kimmage

    Michael C. Kimmage

    Michael Kimmage is a professor of history at the Catholic University of America. His most recent book is The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy (Basic Books, 2020). He is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the chair of the Kennan Institute Advisory Council at the Wilson Center. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State.

  • Sarah Chayes

    Sarah Chayes

    Sarah Chayes’s unusual trajectory has led from reporting from Paris for National Public Radio to a decade on the ground in Afghanistan, including several years as a soap-maker, and service to two commanders of the international forces and to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen. Internationally renowned for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications, she has probed its workings on five continents – and most recently in the United States. Here as elsewhere, systemic corruption lies behind apparently diverse crises, including ones we will be discussing at this symposium: climate and environmental calamity, mass migration, and income inequality, as well as extremist uprisings and civic revolt. She is the author of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (a 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize winner) and On Corruption in America – And What Is at Stake. She lives in Paris and Paw Paw, WV.


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