Thomas Carothers

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Thomas Carothers
Born 1956
Alma mater Harvard College, A.B.
London School of Economics, M.Sc.
Harvard Law School, J.D.
Employer Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Title Vice President for Studies

Thomas Carothers is one of the most noted international experts on international democracy support, democratization, and U.S. foreign policy.[1][2] He serves as vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he founded and currently directs the Democracy and Rule of Law Program. He has also taught at several universities in the United States and Europe, including Central European University, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Nuffield College, Oxford, where he is a senior research fellow.[3]

Carothers is the author of five books on international democracy and development assistance, as well as three edited volumes and a collection of his most influential essays. He has also written numerous articles for the Journal of Democracy, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and other publications. His writings have been translated into many languages.[4][5]

His work has focused on the areas of civil society development, political party assistance, rule of law assistance, and democratic transitions.[6] In addition to his research and writings, Carothers has consulted for and worked directly on democracy assistance programs for both private and public aid organizations.[7]

Carothers previously worked at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. Before that, he was an attorney-adviser at the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State from 1985 to 1988.[8] While serving at the State Department, he worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on democracy assistance in Latin America. This experience formed the basis for his first book, In the Name of Democracy: U.S. Policy Toward Latin America in the Reagan Years.[9]

Carothers received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics where he was a Marshall Scholar and an A.B. from Harvard College. He speaks English, French, and Spanish.[10]

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Development Aid Confronts Politics: The Almost Revolution (with Diane de Gramont), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2013.
  • Confronting the Weakest Link: Aiding Political Parties in New Democracies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2006.
  • Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge (editor), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2006.
  • Uncharted Journey: Promoting Democracy in the Middle East (co-edited with Marina Ottaway). Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005.
  • Critical Mission: Essays on Democracy Promotion, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2004.
  • Funding Virtue: Civil Society Aid and Democracy Promotion (co-edited with Marina Ottaway), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2000.
  • Aiding Democracy Abroad: The Learning Curve, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1999.
  • Assessing Democracy Assistance: The Case of Romania, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1996.
  • In the Name of Democracy: U.S. Policy Toward Latin America in the Reagan Years, University of California Press, 1993.

Selected essays[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Think Again: Arab Democracy.". Foreign Policy. March 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ James Traub. The Freedom Agenda. 
  3. ^ Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Expert Biography 
  4. ^ "El fin del paradigma de la transición.". Este Pais. April 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tunisie: les leçons de l’effondrement d’une autocratie.". Carnegie Moscow Center. January 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Expert Biography 
  7. ^ Mr. Thomas Carothers, International IDEA 
  8. ^ Thomas Carothers, Gulf Research Center 
  9. ^ Lester Langley (Winter 1992–1993). "In the Name of Democracy.". International Journal. JSTOR 40202827. 
  10. ^ Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Expert Biography 

External links[edit]

  • Official Biography at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace [1]
  • Website of the Carnegie Democracy and Rule of Law Program [2]