Interviews with Sarah Chayes
Interfaith Voices November 24, 2015
Need a New License? That'll Cost You
Former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes spent 10 years living in Afghanistan, and in her new book, she reports what she saw. It isn’t pretty. After years of putting up with government officials who demand bribes, sex and cash for routine business, she says many citizens of the Middle East have turned to the moralistic "God's law" offered by groups like ISIS. From April 2015.
NPR • The Take Away with John Hockenberry • Oct. 2, 2015
Are We Seeing a Taliban Resurgence?
REUTERS • BOOK TALK BY TOM HENEGHAN • Mar 26, 2015
Morality and politics must mix, Chayes says
VOA • PRESS CONFERENCE USA • February 20, 2015
ICI RADIO CANADA • February 15, 2015
Désautels le dimanche
La corruption au coeur des conflits contemporains
THE NEXT CHAPTER • February 11, 2015
Sarah Chayes interview, WERU Maine public radio
The LEONARD LOPATE Show • January 28, 2015
The Corrosion of Corruption, Spearheading The Great Society
Sarah Chayes, a former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks about corruption as a great destabilizing force.
THE DIANE REHM SHOW • JANUARY 27 2015
Sarah Chayes: “Thieves Of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security”
Sarah Chayes arrived in Afghanistan as a journalist. But the rampant corruption she encountered there drove her to stay for years afterward, fighting for change.
THE ROUNDTABLE • WAMC JANUARY 26, 2015
Interview with Sarah Chayes
In a riveting account that weaves history with fast-moving reportage and insider accounts from the Afghanistan war, Sarah Chayes identifies the unexpected link - corruption - in her book, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security.
TO THE POINT KCRW JANUARY 21, 2015
Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
Many of the world's conflicts raging today seem to originate with religion. But there's another side to that story: governmental corruption that sparks outrage and creates support for dangerous ideologies.
NPR’S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED • JANUARY 16, 2014
Thieves Of State' Reveals Tremendous Power Of Global Corruption
Audie Cornish talks to former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes about how corruption can create the fertile ground for religious extremism.
WNYC’S BRIAN LEHRER SHOW • OCTOBER 8, 2014
The Rise of the Taliban and the Seeds of Terror
In 1996, the Taliban seized control of Kabul, Afghanistan, and imposed strict rules for Afghanis. That moment served as a pivot point for the rise of radical Islam and the roots of terrorism still being felt today.
NPR’S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED • SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
U.S.-Afghanistan Security Agreement Receives Mixed Reaction
The Afghan government is lacking the type of legitimacy that is required of a government confronting a robust insurgency.
WBEZ’S WORLDVIEW • JUNE 12, 2014
The Link Between Government Corruption and the Rise of Terrorist Groups
Government corruption is an important factor in the rise of violent extremism. Syria, Ukraine, and Nigeria are important contemporary examples.
WNYC TAKEAWAY • APRIL 7, 2014
Afghans Look For Way Forward After First Free Election
Despite threats from the Taliban, Afghans flocked to ballot boxes in high numbers.
PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL • MARCH 13, 2014
Is $20 Billion in Missing Oil Wealth the Explanation for Extremist Group Boko Haram?
In recent weeks, a Nigerian official went on record alleging that some $20 billion of his country’s oil revenue had gone missing in just the past 18 months.
Syracuse University Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
“Fight the Disease, Not Just the Symptom”
with Sarah Chayes • Now Online
March 2, 2016
Sarah Chayes: A Conversation on Corruption and Global Security
March 1, 2016 • Carnegie Council Events
National Writers Series at the Opera House
Produced by UpNorth Media Center • November 2015
Sarah Chayes is interviewed by guest host Jack Segal. Sarah spent over a decade in Afghanistan examining government corruption and rebuilding the country. She discusses her new book Thieves of State and her experiences.
Traverse City - International Affairs Forum • Oct 29, 2015
In partnership with the National Writers Series, Traverse City, a unique opportunity to hear from one of America’s leading independent and creative thinkers, Sarah Chayes, joined on stage by former diplomat Jack Segal.
Efecto Naím 160 • Apr 1, 2015
La corrupción es un cáncer que ha penetrado a los gobiernos y sociedades de muchos países. Pero ¿es también una amenaza a la seguridad global?
FRANCE24 • L’entretien • February 05, 2015
"La corruption au Nigeria a contribué à l'émergence de Boko Haram"
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart • January 29, 2015
Watch the extended interview
Department of Commerce Library Speaker Series January 22, 2015
Author Talk: Sarah Chayes on Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
Politics & Prose • January 21, 2015
Sarah Chayes speaks about her book, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security. Chayes draws on her international experiences as well as on history to argue that corruption is the main threat to security in Egypt, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and many other places. (
Bill Moyers Journal • December 19, 2008
As a new administration is set to take over in the White House, Bill Moyers checks in with author Sarah Chayes on the state of affairs in America's other war in Afghanistan. An author and former journalist, Chayes has lived the last seven years in Afghanistan helping to rebuild the country.