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Researcher Links Corruption 'at Home & Abroad' to Terrorism, Violence

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Corruption is an "unrecognized threat" to peace and stability at home and abroad. A researcher presenting a lecture at FGCU this week argues the tendrils of corruption at local, regional, and national levels influences everything from rates of violence and terrorism, to international commerce, to how aide organizations operate. That's atop the grinding psychological and financial strain corruption wreaks on those living in countries where corruption routinely and reliably steals a nation's wealth, resources, and power.

Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, Sarah Chayes—a senior fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace—discusses her new book "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security" and the implications of corruption on international  stability.

She'll also explain how her research links corruption to efforts to combat terrorism and environmental degradation. Ahead of her Friday talk at FGCU, she'll explain how her work looks at corruption "at home and abroad" and how a new generation of globally-minded citizens can recognize and combat corruption.

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.