IamA anti-corruption expert w/10 years working on the ground in Afghanistan, former special asst to chairman of Joint Chiefs. Book "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security" just out. AMA!
Short bio Hi Reddit! Sarah Chayes here. A bit about me: After a decade living and working in downtown Kandahar, Afghanistan, service to two commanders of the international troops and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I landed at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where I have been researching the security implications of severe corruption in many other contexts. (Think Boko Haram, the Arab Spring, ISIS, Ukraine.) A former National Public Radio reporter, I covered the fall of the Taliban. Convinced of the importance of the historic juncture, I dropped my journalism career and remained in Afghanistan to contribute to the reconstruction of the country.
Apart from Thieves of State, I wrote The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban and am a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times. My articles have appeared in the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. I speak French, Pashtu, and (rusty) Arabic.
My Proof: http://imgur.com/sdQ2qon
Looking forward to answering your questions. Fire away!
Edit 1/20/2015 6:00 pm EST Thank all of you so much for this incredibly thoughtful conversation. I'll try to log back on tomorrow in case I missed any questions. In the meantime, you can read more about Thieves of State, and get in touch with me on www.thievesofstate.com. And there's a Twitter handle too, of course: @thievesofstate. The objective is to share thoughtful work in this field. Thanks again everyone!
Edit 1/21/2015 12:00pm EST Dear All: Again, thanks so much. Logging off now. Please get in touch on www.thievesofstate.com. And...buy the book! (That's the only way I'll get to write another one.) :-)