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How Corruption is Becoming America's Operating System 

Interview by Lynn Parramore



Morning Edition
Sarah Chayes' New Book Examines 'Corruption in America

The Impact
Coronavirus and Organized Crime 

Bonus Episode: Sarah Chayes on Corruption

The Young Turks Network:
The Damage Report
The real reason for those pardons

Mar 15, 2020

Chayes explains how kleptocratic networks, in all the countries she has examined, make a point of capturing the justice function.

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Corruption as a National Security Issue
Dec 10, 2019

POGO board member and former adviser to the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Sarah Chayes makes the case that corruption is the single largest source of unrest in the world. With this lens, it is possible to better understand many of the hotspots around the world and even colonial America’s revolution.  (Podcast)


Morning Edition
Prominent Americans Shouldn't Leverage Their Names For Payoffs

October 3, 2019

The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is drawing attention to the questionable activities of more than one major political family.  Sarah Chayes, author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, says this scrutiny is a good thing.


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Faith Radio: Mornings with Carmen

October 29, 2019
Daniel Bennett of the Center for Faith and Flourishing at John Brown University looks at the latest the impeachment front, as well as Trump's judicial picks. Sarah Chayes, author of Thieves of State, examines the reality of political corruption.


This Week in Morgan County

October 11, 2018

Chayes addresses the conundrum facing West Virginians who don't want to vote for a Democrat who is a close collaborator of big pharma and the fossil fuel industry


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Corruption, A Worldwide Epidemic 

August, 2018


English language conversation with an independent media talk show in El Salvador


On Assignment with Richard Engel

Trump Openness To Corruption Mars US Standing

Nov 17, 2017

Chayes, talks with Richard Engel about how Donald Trump's tolerance of corruption in other countries reflects back on the reputation of the United States.

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The Rachel Maddow Show

Expert sees risk of corruption in Trump deals
Oct. 20, 2017

Chayes, talks with Maddow about the structure of corruption in some developing nations and why she sees a risk of that kind of corruption spreading to the United States.

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Corruption in the Oil Industry 
September 8, 2017

Chayes, Steve Coll, and Olarenwaju Suraju discuss how corruption can infect an economy and how civil society and the U.S. government can curb it. (Podcast)



Chayes and Teachout on Corruption 
June 8, 2017

Chayes and Zephyr Teachout discuss corruption and power.  (Podcast)



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In a Victory for the Oil Industry, Congress Makes It Easier to Pay Bribes for Drilling Rights 
February 3, 2017

Chayes discusses one of the first regulatory rollbacks of the new Administration


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Sarah Chayes on Living in Afghanistan and Sleeping With a Kalashnikov

March 15, 2015

by Tim Lewis

The foreign policy expert and writer on Afghanistan life, western mistakes and sleeping with a Kalashnikov.  The central idea of Sarah Chayes’s radical new book, Thieves of State, is that corruption – be it bribes, vote-rigging, embezzlement, nepotism or any of its many forms – unsettles local populations and directly threatens global security. 


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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

January 29, 2015

"Thieves of State author Sarah Chayes calls corruption one of the greatest security challenges of the 21st century.

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Is $20 Billion in Missing Oil Wealth the Explanation for Extremist Group Boko Haram? 
March 13, 2014

No one is shocked by allegations of corruption in Nigeria.  But the amount of oil wealth that has gone missing is staggering.


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Former Afghanistan Advisor Not Optimistic About Taliban Talks
June 18, 2013

The US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban after morethan 10 years of war in Afghanistan.  Chayes is pessimistic about the prospects. 


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Bill Moyers Journal

December 19, 2008

When Sarah Chayes left her job as an NPR reporter to help rebuild Afghanistan, she did so because she believed that Afghanistan had the potential to be a stable, lawful country. Seven years later, as the incoming Obama Administration looks to change course in Afghanistan and send in 20,000 more troops, Chayes joins Bill Moyers to discuss what U.S policy should be in the region.