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Corruption is a much bigger problem for the GOP in 2018 than collusion

Susan Grimsby  

Sunday May 27, 2018 
Sarah Chayes’ 2015 book, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, is a page-turning look at how badly we screwed up in Afghanistan, why, and how we can do better next time.


Thieves of State By Sarah Chayes

By Giles Foden

Feb. 20, 2015


"...This is an important book that should be required reading for officials in foreign service, and for those working in commerce or the military...." 

WSJ Two Cheers for Corruption

The Great Enrichment that America rode to economic power was hardly slowed by the spoils system.

By Deirdre N. McCloskey

Feb. 27, 2015 4:58 p.m. ET

The theme of Sarah Chayes’s “Thieves of State” is that corruption can’t be ignored as a source of international instability. The injustice of it enrages people. Corruption thus becomes “an important driver of conflict worldwide,” as Ms. Chayes puts it. “Abusive government corruption prompts extreme responses and thus represents a mortal threat to security.”

The Washington Post

Do corrupt governments breed political violence?

Review of "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security" by Sarah Chayes

By Carlos Lozada January 16, 2015

The trouble with fraud and bribery and the rest is not simply their moral evil or economic toll, Chayes argues. The real danger is that an abusive government can elicit violent responses, including religious extremism, putting the survival of the state at risk. The case she makes is anecdotal but alarming.


© 2018 by Sarah Chayes