Thomas Carothers

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Thomas Carothers "is director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a research project that analyzes the state of democracy around the world and efforts by Western governments, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions to promote democracy abroad. Widely recognized as a leading international authority on democracy promotion, Mr. Carothers has worked on democracy assistance projects for many public and private organizations and carried out extensive field research on democracy-building programs in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He is the author or editor of seven books on democracy and rule of law promotion, including most recently Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge (Carnegie, 2006). He has worked as an attorney at Arnold & Porter in Washington and at the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard College.“ [1]

Faculty member of the SAIS International Development Program.


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  1. Editorial Board, Democratization, accessed January 22, 2008.
  2. Transatlantic Steering Group, Foreign Policy Research Institute, accessed June 13, 2008.
  3. Think Tank Fund Sub-Board, Open Society Institute, accessed November 18, 2008.