A Voice From Kandahar
Days of Lies and Roses
Selling out Afghanistan
March 01, 2007
A Mullah Dies, and War Comes Knocking
By Sarah Chayes
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Scents & Sensibility
How the author helped Afghans build a thriving soap and body-oil business—and overcame the incompetence of America’s aid establishment
Sarah Chayes, December 1, 2007
'Lower your sights' is the wrong vision for Afghanistan
As U.S. officials talk down our goals, Afghans are listening and wondering what happened to our promises.
March 27, 2009|Sarah Chayes
OP-ED • LOS ANGELES TIMES • DECEMBER 3, 2013
Enabling Hamid Karzai
After an arduous diplomatic process to define the terms of a future international presence in Afghanistan, President Karzai balked at the last second.
OP-ED • BLOOMBERG • OCTOBER 20, 2013
Afghanistan Isn't Ready to Vote
Afghanistan’s presidential campaign season is officially open and, thus far, the lead-up to next year’s election has offered no sign that lessons from 2009 have been learned
ARTICLE • CARNEGIE • AUGUST 1, 2013
The Egyptian Restoration
Much of the Egyptian population now embraces the very military it seemed bent on ejecting from power during the 2011 revolution. What's the reason for the about-face?
OP-ED • LOS ANGELES TIMES • JULY 28, 2013
Blinded by the War on Terrorism
The U.S. government’s single-minded focus on preventing terrorism on its soil has resulted in a myopic foreign policy.
TESTIMONY • SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE • JULY 11, 2013
Assessing the Transition in Afghanistan
Afghan security forces cannot stabilize the country amid political meltdown. To get to zero U.S. troops on the ground without Afghanistan unraveling, a different political approach is needed.
OP-ED • LOS ANGELES TIMES • JUNE 2, 2013
When Obama Says, “Force Alone Cannot Make Us Safe”
To best counter the roots of extremism over the long run, U.S. policy should support bedrock principles of democracy aimed at alleviating underlying grievances.
OP-ED • WASHINGTON POST • MAY 31, 2013
Journalists Trawling for Leaks Should Be Willing to Share the Risks
Journalists can be too cavalier in asking their sources for classified information, but the government should take a hard look at what it chooses to classify.
TESTIMONY • SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE • MAY 21, 2013
Prospects for Afghanistan’s 2014 Elections
The only way to reduce the incentive for cheating in Afghanistan’s 2014 election is to work seriously to build political consensus among Afghan constituencies ahead of time.
OP-ED • POLICY • 4, 2013
The Afghan Bag Man
The 2010 arrest and release of the CIA’s Afghan cash deliveryman shows how dysfunctional U.S. Afghanistan policy has been.
OP-ED • LOS ANGELES TIMES • MAY 2, 2013
CIA Buys Trouble in Afghanistan
CIA payouts to Hamid Karzai have bolstered a corrupt government and undermined U.S. interests in the region.
ARTICLE • CARNEGIE • APRIL 16, 2013
Take the Bilateral Security Agreement Out of Afghan Politics
Pausing bilateral security negotiations until after valid elections in Afghanistan would be one way to demonstrate a U.S. commitment to the Afghan population.
OP-ED • FOREIGN POLICY • MARCH 12, 2013
What Vali Nasr Got Wrong
The military and the White House don't deserve all the blame for what went wrong in Afghanistan.
OP-ED • FOREIGN POLICY • MARCH 5, 2013
Turning Afghanistan Over to Criminals
U.S. Afghanistan policy has driven a country that was desperate to be rid of Taliban rule back into the Taliban's arms, because the only alternative was reliance on a deeply corrupt new regime.
ARTICLE • CARNEGIE • FEBRUARY 13, 2013
Bahrain's Shifting Sands
Any solution to the current crisis in Bahrain needs to address the distortions of the island nation’s political economy.
OP-ED • CNN • FEBRUARY 13, 2013
Why Tunisia's Leaders Must Resist Urge for Power Grab
In the aftermath of an assassination and violent protests, Tunisia's Ennahda party has a unique opportunity to save the country's revolution and redefine political Islam.
OP-ED • LOS ANGELES TIMES • JANUARY 23, 2013
On Benghazi, Blame the Bureaucracy
One lesson from the Benghazi attack is that powerful bureaucratic filters prevent crucial information from reaching senior U.S. government leaders.
ARTICLE • CARNEGIE • DECEMBER 31, 2012
Afghanistan’s Roadmap to the Past
The “Peace Process Roadmap to 2015” would drive Afghanistan back to pre-9/11 conditions and Pakistan would regain indirect hegemony over its neighbor.
OP-ED • FOREIGN POLICY • DECEMBER 13, 2012
David and Paula
The scandal that toppled former CIA director David Petraeus had a real effect on hundreds of serving and former members of the military, on the standards underpinning the institution, on U.S. national security decision-making, and public integrity.
ARTICLE • CARNEGIE • DECEMBER 4, 2012
In Afghanistan, It’s Not All in the Numbers
U.S. policy should not rely on unsound opinion surveys. A serious strategy for withdrawal from Afghanistan must take reality, not wishful thinking, as its starting point.
GLOBAL TEN • NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Avoiding Catastrophic Failure in Afghanistan
Without substantive changes in the U.S. approach, Afghan government institutions are unlikely to survive the withdrawal of international forces.
OP-ED • LOS ANGELES TIMES •NOVEMBER 16, 2012
The World After Petraeus
The resignation of Petraeus as CIA director provides an opportunity to rebalance U.S. foreign policy in favor of non-military approaches.
OP-ED • WALL STREET JOURNAL • NOVEMBER 9, 2012
Not Quite Like Being There
U.S forces in Afghanistan have spent effort and prestige to prop up a government that is too often ineffectual at best and sometimes abusive toward its own citizens.
ARTICLE • CARNEGIE • OCTOBER 8, 2012
Flirting With Extremism in Tunisia
Tunisia’s ruling Islamist Ennahda Party should resist the temptation to use violence to help ensure its grip on power.
OP-ED • LOS ANGELES TIMES • SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Free Speech or Incitement?
"Innocence of Muslims," the film whose video trailer indirectly led to the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens among others, is not, arguably, free speech protected under the U.S. Constitution.
ARTICLE • CARNEGIE • SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
A Time for Statesmanship
As anti-American unrest spreads, leaders must remember that all sides have provocateurs. U.S. statesmen should consider legally limiting extremists’ freedom to do real harm.
Q&A • CARNEGIE • AUGUST 26, 2012
Buried Mines in Afghanistan
It is important to take a sober look at the time bombs U.S. policy may be planting in Afghanistan, and to engage in rigorous planning to mitigate the potential damage.
OP-ED • ANGELES TIMES • AUGUST 16, 2012
As Afghanistan Turns
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's ousting of two top security officials may signal an increased tolerance for the Taliban and a closer alignment with Pakistan in the years to come.
ARTICLE • CARNEGIE • AUGUST 7, 2012
Afghanistan’s Other Neighbor
Uzbek officials have deep and valuable insights into Afghanistan. Washington would do well to pay attention.
OP-ED • LOS ANGELES TIMES • JUNE 27, 2012
Cut Aid to Egypt's Generals
In the face of a power grab by its armed forces, the United States should consider suspending some or all of its military aid to Cairo.
OP-ED • ANGELES TIMES • JUNE 10, 2012
Corruption Is Still Tunisia's Challenge
Widespread corruption led to the overthrow of ben Ali's regime in Tunisia. If the current government does not tackle the problem, it could have dire consequences for Tunisia's fledgling democracy.
Articles from Afghanistan 2006-2007
Articles and Opinion by Sarah Chayes 2012-2013