The results of Transparency International’s 24th annual Corruption Perception Index, released in January 2019, generally paint a negative picture of global corruption levels. Of particular note, the United States dropped out of the Top 20 cleanest countries for the first time since 2011 with a score of 71. In a guest article, Ropes & Gray partner Ryan Rohlfsen, and associates Patrick Reinikainen and Andrew Kaplan, explore what is behind the drop in the United States’ score. See “Transparency International Survey Finds Little Improvement in Global Corruption Climate and Highlights Effect of Eroding Civil-Society Freedoms” (Apr. 4, 2018).