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Department of Political Science

Clay Fuller (USC PhD 2017) Testifies Before Congress

Clay Fuller testified before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary during the June hearing on “Combating Kleptocracy: Beneficial Ownership, Money Laundering, and Other Reforms.” His written testimony, available on the Committee’s website [] is titled “American Leadership in the Age of Authoritarian Corruption.” In the testimony he outlines an argument for economic transparency coupled with strong privacy rights being a non-violent and asymmetrical foreign policy tool in dealing with modern authoritarian regimes. Since receiving his doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 2017 Fuller has been studying and writing about issues related to his dissertation, “The Economic Foundations of Authoritarian Rule,” at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. His related policy report on “Dismantling the Authoritarian-Corruption Nexus” will be published by AEI in July.

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