Thomas Carothers is the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the founder and Director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, which analyzes the state of democracy in the world and the efforts by the United States and other countries to promote democracy. Carothers is a leading authority on democracy promotion and democratization worldwide as well as an expert on US foreign policy generally. He has worked on democracy assistance projects for many public and private organizations and carried out extensive field research on democracy-building efforts around the world. In addition, he has broad experience in matters dealing with development, human rights, rule of law, and civil society development.
He is the author or editor of eight critically acclaimed books on democracy promotion, as well as many articles in prominent journals and newspapers. He is a senior research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and has, apart from being a visiting professor of Central European University, also taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).