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10th Annual Anita Houston Lecture with Sarah Chayes

Sarah Chayes is Senior Fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program and author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (W.W. Norton, 2015), which won the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation. Before joining Carnegie, Ms. Chayes served as special assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. She participated in cabinet-level decision-making on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Arab Spring, and traveled with Admiral Mullen frequently to these regions. After covering the fall of the Taliban for National Public Radio, Chayes left journalism in 2002 to settle in Kandahar, Afghanistan until she took a post advising commanders of the international military force in Kabul in 2009. From 1996 to 2001, Ms. Chayes was NPR’s Paris correspondent. She shared the 1999 Foreign Press Club and Sigma Delta Chi awards for her work on the Kosovo conflict.

9th Annual Anita Houston Lecture with Lynsey Addario


This year, we welcome war photographer Lynsey Addario, who will speak about her experience documenting conflicts from Afghanistan to South Sudan. Her memoir, It’s What I Do, is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others.

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who regularly works for The New York Times, ‬National Geographic, and ‬Time Magazine. Lynsey‬ began photographing professionally for the Buenos Aires Herald in 1996‬‬ with no previous photographic training. In 2000, she traveled to Afghanistan to document life under the Taliban, and has since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, and Congo. In 2015, American Photo Magazine‬ named Lynsey one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years. She has received the MacArthur Fellowship, and was part of a team of journalists from The New York Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 2009. In 2011, she was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for her series, “Veiled Rebellion: Afghan Women.”

Lynsey’s recent work includes The Resilience of Children in Conflict for The New York Times Magazine, the plight of Syrian refugees for The New‬ York Times, the civil war in South Sudan, and‬ maternal mortality in Sierra Leone for Time‬. She released a New York‬ Times best-selling memoir, It’s What I Do‬, which chronicles her life as a‬ photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world. Learn more: