Right now we are announcing Richard Nephew as our Coordinator on International Anti-Corruption. This posture, pledged on Intercontinental Anti-Corruption Day, will combine and elevate the combat in opposition to corruption across all areas of U.S. diplomacy and foreign help. I welcome Richard back again to the Division in this important role and am self-assured that his knowledge and determination to struggle corruption and boost accountability will prove invaluable to our worldwide attempts.

Generating and filling this place demonstrates the importance the United States sites on anti-corruption as a main national protection fascination and reiterates the central position world wide partnerships enjoy in this fight.  Richard and his group will reinforce U.S. authorities alignment on anti-corruption concerns and perform closely with intercontinental companions to progress U.S. anti-corruption coverage. Portion of this effort and hard work involves leading the Point out Department’s implementation of the to start with-ever U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption, and advancing attempts by way of the Summit for Democracy, as we convey all our sources to advance the Administration’s anti-corruption and broader democratic renewal agenda.

Richard delivers a prosperity of practical experience each inside of and outdoors the govt to the place of Coordinator on World Anti-Corruption. He is returning to the Division from Columbia University’s Center on World Vitality Policy, the place he was a Senior Analysis Scholar. Prior to his tenure at Columbia, Richard served most recently as deputy distinctive envoy for Iran, Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Coverage at the Condition Division, and Director for Iran on the National Protection Staff members.

I welcome Richard and appear ahead to his and his team’s work on this essential difficulty.