Articles by Brook Horowitz



Building BRICS to Fight Corruption

Russia will host the Group of 20 summit in September in St. Petersburg. In advance of this summit, the B20, composed of the top business leaders of the G20 nations, will also meet.

WTO Entry Bodes Well For Curbing Corruption

On Friday, Russia was accepted into the World Trade Organization and beyond that to the OECD.

Praise for Anti-Graft Drive

Three years ago, President Dmitry Medvedev made battling corruption one of the centerpieces in his plan to modernize the country. Since then, corruption has slowly made its way up the political agenda.

Corporate Culture That Has Less Vertical Power

The simultaneous visit to Moscow this week of two of the world's most senior anti-corruption regulators highlights again the attention governments are devoting to fighting corruption and the challenges they face in some of the biggest emerging markets.

BP Can Improve Rosneft's Corporate Culture

Rather than posing a threat to the global environment or the energy security of the West, BP’s new venture with Rosneft offers the opportunity for a significant change of corporate culture.

World Cup Gives Russia an Anti-Graft Goal

Awarding Russia the right to host the World Cup in 2018 was, in fact, the best outcome. FIFA’s decision, reached amid claims and counter-claims of corruption, puts Russia on the spot once and for all to clean up its reputation.

Long Road to Zero Tolerance Of Corruption

While attitudes are unlikely to change soon within the government, companies working together have the best chance of shifting Russia away from corruption.

IKEA and the Graft Factor

A decision of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA to suspend further investment in Russia because of corruption is a sign that business here is still fraught with risks for international investors.

Managing Russian Teams

The subservience of the needs of the individual to the needs of society have created a culture whereby collective structures — government, companies, groups, teams — are perceived to be at odds with the interest of the individual, making the individual honor-bound to find every opportunity of gaining personal advantage over the system.

Managing Russian Teams

A flash of red, a spray of ice, a zigzag of perfect passes, the puck plunges into the back of the CSKA net at the Luzhniki ice-hockey stadium.

Putin's Economy of People

Despite the rapid emergence of small businesses since 1991, there are still too many obstacles for the entrepreneur in Russia: The bureaucracy around setting up and registering a company, the bribery required for obtaining approval from various government agencies, and the unpredictability of the overzealous tax police make market entry and ongoing operations costly.

Stemming Climate Change

At the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that has just concluded in Bali, the world's governments agreed to begin two years of negotiations to replace for the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions.

Stemming Climate Change

At the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that has just concluded in Bali, the world's governments agreed to begin two years of negotiations to replace for the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions.

Improving Business Standards in Russia

As the Russian business community converged on London this weekend for the 10th Russian Economic Forum, there was cause for celebration.

Joining Forces to Improve Financial Literacy

t was no accident that the final act of Russia's Group of Eight presidency last year was a Finance Ministry conference on one of this country's most intractable problems: the poor level of financial literacy.

Serving as a Role Model Against Corruption

Anyone who has lived and worked in Russia will recognize the lack of trust referred to by President Vladimir Putin in his state-of-the-nation address last week.