About the Carnegie
Democracy and Rule of Law Program

The Carnegie Democracy and Rule of Law Program is a leading source of independent policy research, writing, and outreach on the evolution of democracy, human rights, governance, and the rule of law around the world and on international efforts to support them. Combining cutting-edge analytic insight with innovative policy initiatives that bring together thinkers and activists from a wide range of countries, the Program’s work follows two main streams: (1) democracy, human rights, and governance; and (2) the rule of law.

The Program’s first stream devotes particular attention to democracy, rights, and governance support by the United States and Europe, the intersection of politics and development, the status of ongoing Middle East transitions, the growing global pushback against democracy and rights support, and the new role of rising democracies in international democracy and rights support efforts. Recognizing that international support in these areas is at a generational crossroads, the Program aims to take the full measure of the changing international landscape, assess its implications, and help policy makers chart a new way forward.

The Program’s second stream examines conceptual, institutional, and political challenges to building the rule of law. Current projects examine cases of significant rule of law improvements to find strategies for successful change, probe the relationship between international security and pervasive, structured corruption, and assist policymakers and practitioners as they plan and implement rule of law projects informed by political economy considerations.

The Democracy and Rule of Law Program is grateful for the generous support it receives from the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development.

Carnegie Experts on
Democracy and Rule of Law

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    Saskia Brechenmacher
    Associate Fellow
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    Saskia Brechenmacher is an associate fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program, where her research focuses on civil society, governance, and institutional reform in post-conflict societies and hybrid political regimes.
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    Frances Z. Brown
    Fellow
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    Frances Z. Brown is a fellow with Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program, where she researches stabilization, state building, democratization, drivers of conflict, and local governance in fragile states.
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    Thomas Carothers
    Senior Vice President for Studies
    Carothers is a leading authority on international support for democracy, human rights, governance, the rule of law, and civil society.
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    Sarah Chayes
    Senior Fellow
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    Sarah Chayes is internationally recognized for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications. Her work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation.
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    Michele Dunne
    Director and Senior Fellow
    Middle East Program
    Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.
  • Steven Feldstein
    Nonresident Fellow
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    Steven Feldstein is a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program, where he focuses on issues of democracy, human rights, governance, rule of law, political reform, security, emerging economies, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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    Amr Hamzawy
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Middle East Program
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    Amr Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague, and Berlin.
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    Rachel Kleinfeld
    Senior Fellow
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    Kleinfeld is a senior fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program. She was the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project.
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    Milan Vaishnav
    Director and Senior Fellow
    South Asia Program
    Vaishnav’s primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, distributive politics, and electoral behavior.
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    Richard Youngs
    Senior Fellow
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    Youngs is an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union, in particular on questions of democracy support.
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