Book Discussion on The Punishment of Virtue

Sarah Chayes talked about her book, The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, published by Penguin Press. She… read more

Sarah Chayes talked about her book, The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, published by Penguin Press. She recounted why she left her job as a correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) in order to assist in the international efforts to rebuild a shattered Afghanistan, living in Kandahar for four years. She spent her first two and a half years as field director for Afghans for Civil Society, a non-profit organization founded by Qayum Karzai, the uncle of Afghan president Hamid Karzai. She then launched a village-level cooperative in Kandahar, called Arghand, which produces traditional crafts and specialty items for export. She talked about U.S. support for a corrupt, oppressive, and violent government that has been at cross-purposes to U.S. desires to build democracy. She argued that the current government of Afghanistan is ineffective and corrupt and the security situation in the country is getting progressively worse. She also talked about the status of women in the country, the rise of opium production, the growing power of the Taliban, and her relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. She responded to questions from members of the audience. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Sep 24, 2006
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Oct 8, 2006

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  • Sep 24, 2006 | 6:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 25, 2006 | 6:59am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 08, 2006 | 1:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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