Bio

Chayes began working on corruption as a small entrepreneur living and working in downtown Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the midst of a rising insurgency. After several years working to convince U.S. officials that they could not achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan without addressing systemic corruption and the role of the international community enabling and reinforcing it, she wrote "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security," which won the 2016 LA Times Book Prize. Since then, she has been analyzing the structure and operating principles of kleptocratic networks.

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Doors wide open: corruption and real estate in four key markets

  • beneficial ownership
  • anti-money laundering
  • money laundering
  • real estate
  • financial action task force
  • fatf
  • offshore property
  • shell companies
  • due diligence

Primary destination countries for dirty money originating in Sri Lanka

  • iffs
  • illicit financial flows
  • tax
  • financial secrecy
  • illicit finance

Guiné-Bissau: visão geral da corrupção e anti-corrupção

Country experience with reparation for social damages

  • reparations
  • compensation
  • victims

Getting ahead of the curve: Exploring post-COVID-19 trends and their impact on anti-corruption, governance and development

  • technology
  • media
  • economic growth
  • inequality
  • anti-corruption
  • citizen trust
  • COVID-19
  • civic space
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Sarah Chayes

Affiliation

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Professional Title

Senior Fellow

Region

  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Middle East and North Africa

Country/Territory

Topics

Specialisms

Corruption not as the work of individual bad apples, but rather as the operating system of sophisticated networks, weaving together government officials, business leaders, and out-and-out criminals. How this brand of corruption helps fuel security crises, such as violent extremism, revolutions and their aftermaths, and mass protests that have brought down half a dozen governments in the past few years. The cultural, as well as the material, role of money and the financial industry.

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