Description: As part of CGCC’s expanding work on transnational threats, this policy brief examines the effects of “dirty money” on security and governance in West Africa and the Sahel. Illicit money, particularly from drug trafficking, is rapidly undermining the region’s political and economic governance, infecting legislatures, police forces, militaries, courts, and presidential offices, as well as chambers of commerce, in countries across the region. The brief considers the nature and provenance of these problems and some unorthodox ideas to tackle them.

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