Chayes links extremism to corruption

Sarah Chayes (left) with Professor of Political Science Frances Rosenbluth

Sarah Chayes has spent her career examining how corruption can lead to terrorism, revolutions, environmental degradation and more.

A senior fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of a recently published book entitled “Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security,” Chayes delivered the annual Coca-Cola World Fund Lecture in Luce Hall Tuesday afternoon. In the lecture, she discussed her personal experiences researching and seeing corruption first-hand, arguing that it is incredibly dangerous because exposure to corruption can push people toward joining terrorist organizations and partaking in other activities that negatively affect society. The Coca-Cola World Fund Lecture is sponsored by Yale’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. (view lecture video)