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The tales are sadly familiar to even the most casual observer of state politics. Officials make lofty promises when it comes to ethics in government. But these efforts often fall short of providing any real transparency or legitimate hope of rooting out corruption. Read more» 1

Afghan national police instructors stand alongside NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan advisers in formation at the National Police Training Center in Wardak province, Afghanistan on April 11.

The U.S. government pumped $3.5 billion into foreign police forces in 2009, an amount nearly 2,000 percent higher than two decades ago. Afghanistan received $1.6 billion while Iraq got $377 million, and virtually all of the funding came from the Pentagon and State Department. Read more»