Sarah Chayes

Author of "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security."

Sarah Chayes appears in the following:

Thieves of State: How Corruption Poisons Governments

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ahead of the Nigerian elections, we look at how shady government practices can lead to instability and violence. 

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How Corruption Drives Extremism

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Since the late 1990s, some governments have come to resemble glorified criminal gangs, bent solely on their own enrichment. 

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The Seeds of Terror

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Today's  "25 Years in 25 Days" looks back on 1996, where the Taliban seized control of Kabul, Afghanistan. Sarah Chayes looks back at the moment that changed the Middle East forever.

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What's Next for Afghans After Elections

Monday, April 07, 2014

Afghanistan, a nation that has seen war for more than a generation, took the polls over the weekend for the country's first-ever free elections. Despite threats from the Taliban, Afghans flocked to ballot boxes in high numbers. 


Update on Afghanistan

Monday, April 12, 2010

Live from Kandahar, Sarah Chayes gives us an update on what’s going on in Afghanistan. She’s been living and working in Kandahar since 2001, when she covered the fall of the Taliban for National Public Radio. In 2002 she decided to leave journalism to help rebuild the country, whose fate ...

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Taliban Tactics Cause Civilian Woes

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Details are still coming in from a suicide bombing against U.N. forces that left nine dead in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday. To find out what life is like in the city right now, we talk to two civilians: American ex-pat Sarah Chayes, who works with NATO, and Fareedoone, a 25-year old Afghan university student in Kabul. We also speak with Afghanistan expert Michael Semple to find out if yesterday's attack signals a shift in tactics — is the Taliban now deliberately targeting civilians?


The Election in Afghanistan

Monday, August 24, 2009

Last Thursday, Afghanistan's voters headed to the polls amid increasing levels of violence. President Hamid Karzai and one of his challengers, Abdullah Abdullah, have both claimed victory. Sarah Chayes, former NPR correspondent who lives and works in Kandahar, and Bobby Ghosh, senior editor for Time magazine, give us an update ...

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Afghan Polls to Delay Close

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Afghan authorities have decided to keep the polls open for an extra hour to allow more people to vote during the nation's second presidential election since the fall of the Taliban. Militants have launched minor attacks across the country in an attempt to disrupt the election. For an update from the scene in Kandahar, we talk to Sarah Chayes, special advisor to Gen. Stanley McChrystal.  (McChrystal is currently running the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan.) We are also joined by long-time journalist Charlie Sennott who is the executive editor of GlobalPost. Charlie's extensive reporting on the Taliban has just been released in a special report: Life, Death, and the Taliban.


Assessing the Afghanistan Election

Thursday, August 20, 2009

With the results coming in from today's Afghanistan's election, we look at how it's playing out in the region and beyond: from Kandahar is Sarah Chayes, who originally went to the country as a journalist eight years ago, but is now special advisor to the U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Fariba Nawa, an Afghan-American journalist who is writing a book about the drug trade in Afghanistan; and Charlie Sennott, executive editor of GlobalPost, who has covered the Taliban since the mid-90’s.


What’s Next in Afghanistan

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Achieving stability in Afghanistan will be a top priority for the Obama administration. Sarah Chayes, former NPR correspondent and founder of soapmaking cooperative Arghand, gives us an insider’s perspective on what the administration’s first steps there should be.

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30 Issues: Pakistan and Afghanistan

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Former New York mayor Ed Koch, now partner at Bryan Cave LLP and radio host, says the next president should pull out of Afghanistan before Iraq.

Steve Coll, president and CEO of the New America Foundation, staff writer at the New Yorker Magazine and ...

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Sarah Chayes With an Update on Afghanistan

Monday, July 07, 2008

Former NPR correspondent Sarah Chayes lives and works in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where she’s founded a soapmaking company, Arghand, to help rebuild the war-torn country. Ms. Chayes updates us on the resurgence of the Taliban and the widespread corruption committed by the Karzai government.

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Fighting for Change

Monday, July 07, 2008

Former NPR correspondent Sarah Chayes gives us an update on the situation in Afghanistan. She’s witnessed first-hand the resurgence of the Taliban and the widespread corruption of the US-backed Karzai government. Also, the stories of individual reformers who are fighting unsuccessfully for political change in China. And Hao Jiang Tian ...


Underreported: Sarah Chayes with an Update on Afghanistan

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Former NPR correspondent Sarah Chayes lives and works in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where she’s founded a soapmaking company, Arghand, to help rebuild the war-torn country. She tells us the latest on the resurgence of the Taliban there.

Sarah Chayes' article in the Dec. 2007 issue of the Atlantic Monthly magazine is ...

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