Reports and Papers

Fighting the Hydra:
Lessons From Worldwide Protests Against Corruption

April 12, 2018

In the past half decade, a succession of uprisings against corruption has broken out worldwide. The frequency and significance of these events forces the question: What is going on? And does this international phenomenon hold lessons for others beset with systemic political corruption, not least in the United States? A look at countries as diverse in culture and political history as Brazil, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Lebanon, Romania, South Africa, and South Korea suggests that it does.

When Corruption Is the Operating System:
The Case of Honduras

published May 30, 2017

In some five dozen countries worldwide, corruption can no longer be understood as merely the iniquitous doings of individuals. Rather, it is the operating system of sophisticated networks that cross sectoral and national boundaries in their drive to maximize returns for their members.

Corruption and State Fragility

Fragility Study Group Policy Brief

September 20, 2016


The issue of corruption must be central to policy development, engaging every aspect of how the United States interacts with fragile states.

The glossy exterior of corruptstrongman states may camouflagehow breakable they really are. Those who would ally with such governments in the name of stability should beware.

The Structure of Corruption: A Systemic Analysis Using Eurasian Cases



JUNE 30, 2016


A prerequisite to building an effective anticorruption approach is an intimate—and unflinching—examination of the specifics of corrupt operations in the individual country of interest and its physical and electronic neighborhoods.


© 2018 by Sarah Chayes