Cardin-Lugar Provision – US Energy Energy Security and National Security – Fact Sheet

Corruption, secrecy, and government abuse have catalyzed conflict, instability, and violent extremist movements globally: Corruption and mismanagement of natural resource revenues, can breed discontent and resentment, and, ultimately, violence and conflict. The terrorist groups currently posing the gravest threats to the United States and its allies have taken root in highly fragile countries or regions with certain defining characteristics: 1) corrupt governments with inadequate service delivery and limited responsiveness to citizens; 2) high poverty and inequality; 3) low quality of life and a lack dignity for ordinary citizens.

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