Combating Money Laundering in Eurasia: Lessons from Kyrgyzstan and Georgia
2008 (English)In: China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, ISSN 1653-4212, Vol. 6, no 3, 21-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Anti-money laundering (AML) policies are instrumental both in combating organized crime and political corruption and in promoting financial transparency and economic growth. This article provides an overview of AML efforts in Eurasia, with a particular focus on Central Asia and the South Caucasus. De facto achievements in the fight against money laundering often lag behind legal frameworks and AML regulations are sometimes misused as political tools. Within their respective regions, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia stand out as the most successful countries. Kyrgyzstan has adopted AML regulations but has not taken many steps towards enforcing them. Individual banks, however, may implement AML regulations more quickly than national regulators to gain a competitive advantage. Following the Rose Revolution, Georgia adopted and began to actively enforce AML regulations. Tbilisi’s AML progress is linked to political will stemming from a unique set of domestic and foreign policy considerations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 6, no 3, 21-44 p.
Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, political will, market incentives, selective implementation
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100010DiVA: diva2:209143