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“Sarah Chayes brilliantly illuminates a topic no one wants to talk about - but we must. Corruption is an insidious force that is causing some of the most dangerous challenges our world is facing. It has to be at the core of America’s strategies, engagements and relationships for the 21st century.”
"This is a revolutionary book."
- Ann-Marie Slaughter
“I can't imagine a more important book for our time.”
- Sebastian Junger
"Thieves of State provides critical lessons that all policymakers should heed.”
- Francis Fukuyama
#1 Bestseller in Amazon National and International Security category
and Government category
How Government Corruption is a Precursor to Extremism | TEDxFultonStreet
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- Admiral (ret.) Mike Mullen,
former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
THE NATION • NOVEMBER 24, 2015
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You don't have to travel across the ocean to find widespread corruption, extortion and bribery.
By Rebecca Gordon
…Every now and then, a book changes the way you see the world. It’s like shaking a kaleidoscope and suddenly all the bits and pieces fall into a new pattern. Sarah Chayes’s Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security shook my kaleidoscope. (read more)
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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.
Published May 30, 2017