Inappropriate Attachments

IN MARCH 2005, Paul Wolfowitz was nominated to take over as head of the World Bank by George W. Bush, president of the United States.1 Wolfowitz, who did his undergraduate work at Cornell and earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago, was serving as deputy secretary of defense at the time.2 While negotiating his contract, Wolfowitz disclosed that he was involved in a romantic relationship with Shaha Ali Riza, who served as senior communications officer on the staff of the World Bank. The relationship violated a World Bank rule regarding “real or apparent” conflicts of interest, so Wolfowitz offered to excuse himself from any personnel decisions that might pertain to Riza.3

The matter was ...

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