Name: Thomas Carothers
Title: Former Board Member of International IDEA
Education: Graduate of Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard College.
Current and Previous Positions: Thomas Carothers is Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. An international lawyer, political scientist, and a leading authority on democracy promotion, Mr Carothers has worked on democracy promotion programs in many parts of the world for a variety of public and private organizations and has written extensively on the subject in major journals and newspapers. He is the author of Aiding Democracy Abroad: The Learning Curve (Carnegie, 1999), Assessing Democracy Assistance: The Case of Romania (Carnegie, 1996), and In the Name of Democracy: U.S. Policy Toward Latin America in the Reagan Years (California, 1991). He also had broad experience in matters dealing with human rights, international law, foreign aid, rule of law, civil society development, Latin America policy and East European politics.
Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment, Mr. Carothers practiced international and corporate law with the Washington-based law firm of Arnold & Porter and served as an attorney in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. He has been an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.