Sins of Commission: The Arms Trade and Its Impact on Accountable Democracy

Open Society Fellow and former ANC Member of Parliament Andrew Feinstein discusses his investigation of a corrupt weapons deal involving senior members of the ANC government a decade ago, an episode that was a moral turning point for South Africa's young democracy and led to his resignation from parliament in 2001.

Feinstein also analyzes the controversial settlement reached last month by British and American investigators with BAE systems, the world's third-largest arms manufacturer. The settlement, which Feinstein calls a "travesty of justice," effectively concludes years of investigations into allegations that BAE paid massive bribes to officials in Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, South Africa, Romania, the Czech Republic and elsewhere.

Feinstein is introduced by Karin Lissakers, executive director of the Revenue Watch Institute, a grantee and partner of the Open Society Institute.

Date: March 8, 2010
Time: 7:008:30 p.m.

OSI-New York

Andrew Feinstein and Karin Lissakers