Articles & Op Eds

ATLANTIC
Donald Trump committed an impeachable offense, but prominent Americans also shouldn’t be leveraging their names for payoffs from shady clients abroad.

SEP 27, 2019
Sarah Chayes
Author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens National Security

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WASHINGTON POST OP-ED
Want to limit migration? We can start by supporting democracy in Honduras.

By Kendra McSweeney and Sarah Chayes December 5, 2017

Honduran citizens are standing up for democracy, despite apparent efforts to rig the recent presidential election. The U.S. government should demand an impartial ballot recount.

ANGELES TIMES OP-ED
Do Trump’s Foreign Business Entanglements Threaten Our Democracy?
October 17, 2017
The Trump Organization’s continued business dealings with foreign governments, both at home and abroad, challenge the core principles of U.S. democracy.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, BOOK REVIEW

Kleptocracy in America

August 15, 2017

Corruption Is Reshaping Governments Everywhere

Lately, it has become harder to deny that corruption lies at the root of many first-order global problems, such as the spread of violent religious extremism or the civil strife and mass casualties witnessed in South Sudan and Syria—not to mention the refugee crises that have followed on their heels. Corruption also plays a major role in the one truly global existential threat: the destruction of the environment.

OP-ED WASHINGTON POST

A Hidden Cost of Corruption: Environmental Devastation

JUNE 16, 2017 

Honduras offers an example of how corruption helps fuel environmental devastation.

I have spent a decade living through and researching how corruption has helped fuel some of the world’s most significant security crises — from the expansion of violent extremism to revolutions and their bloody aftermaths. Last year, I began wondering whether similar links exist between corruption and another grave threat: environmental devastation. It didn’t take long to find them.

OP-ED BLOOMBERG

Trump and the Path Toward Kleptocracy

MAY 22, 2017 

How transnational political-criminal networks, often run by families, govern in their own economic interests.

The Trump administration, its personnel and early practices, resembles nothing so much as a kleptocratic network of the type seen in many developing countries and post-Soviet states. 

OP-ED LOS ANGELES TIMES

MAY 22, 2017

Why Read a 5-Year-Old Book About ExxonMobil Now? Two Words: Rex Tillerson

JANUARY 27, 2017 

If you want a deeper understanding of what has been inaugurated in Washington, read Steve Coll's "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power." Rarely has a book been so profoundly and presciently relevant to events that would take place five years after its publication.

OP-ED FOREIGN POLICY

It Was a Corruption Election. It’s Time We Realized It.

DECEMBER 06, 2016 

In a country full of sophisticated lawyers and lobbyists and rationalizers, it is now urgent to ask whether Americans still understand what corruption is. To say it’s what is proscribed by law is to fall into a logical sinkhole.

OP ED LOS ANGELES TIMES 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

Who we empower and how our local allies treat the greater population may determine the outcome of the U.S. fight against violent extremism.

ESSAY UK PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE

Corruption and Terrorism: The Causal Link

MAY 12, 2016

Governments that ostensibly fight terror may actually generate more dire security crises than they curb as a result of corrupt governance practices.

ARTICLE CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT

The Cost of Corruption in Honduras

APRIL 14, 2016

The murder of a Honduran activist should be raising alarms about the implications of government corruption that has appeared in recent years.

OP-ED DEFENSE ONE

Sarah Chayes, Alex De Waal

February 16, 2016

Start Preparing for the Collapse of the Saudi Kingdom

Saudi Arabia is no state at all. It could best be described as a political enterprise with a clever but ultimately unsustainable business model, or as so corrupt as to resemble a vertically and horizontally integrated criminal organization

OP-ED  DEFENSE ONE

JANUARY 13, 2016

The Right Way to Fight Boko Haram—and How the U.S. Should Help

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari should make his anticorruption agenda central to his campaign against Boko Haram.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

© 2018 by Sarah Chayes