About the Carnegie
Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program

The Carnegie Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program is a leading source of independent policy research, writing, and outreach on global democracy, conflict and governance issues, and the interrelations among them. It concentrates extensively on international efforts to advance democracy, reduce violence, stabilize conflict, and strengthen governance.

Current major areas of focus include:

  • The challenges of developing effective policy responses at both the domestic and international levels to the global trend of closing space for civil society.
  • The changing nature of civic activism globally and how international supporters of civil society can adapt to new forms and methods of civil society.
  • U.S. and European policies relating to support for democracy and human rights abroad.
  • Bringing a comparative lens to the challenges currently besetting U.S. and European democracy.
  • Methods of reducing violence in democracies beset with serious violence.
  • The relationship between international efforts to stabilize conflict in fragile and conflict-affected states and international efforts to support democracy in those states.
  • Increasing gender representation in political parties in countries attempting democratic transitions.
  • The growing problem of severe sociopolitical polarization in democracies.

The program is directed by Thomas Carothers. Saskia Brechenmacher, Frances Brown, Rachel Kleinfeld, and Richard Youngs are residential researchers with the program. Affiliated nonresidential part-time researchers include Steven Feldstein, Matthew Page, and Jodi Vittori. Tiffany Joslin and Maria Koomen assist with program coordination and management.

The Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program is grateful for the generous support it receives from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development.

Carnegie Experts on
Democracy, Conflict, and Governance

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    Saskia Brechenmacher
    Associate Fellow
    Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
    Saskia Brechenmacher is an associate fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, where her research focuses on gender, conflict, and governance, as well as trends in civic activism and civil society repression.
  • expert thumbnail - Brown
    Frances Z. Brown
    Fellow
    Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
    Frances Z. Brown is a fellow with Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, where she researches stabilization, state building, democratization, decentralization, drivers of conflict, and local governance in fragile states.
  • expert thumbnail - Carothers
    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.
  • expert thumbnail - Chayes
    Sarah Chayes
    Senior Fellow
    Democracy, Conflict, and Governance 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.
  • expert thumbnail - Dunne
    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, Conflict, and Governance Program
    Steven Feldstein is a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, where he focuses on issues of democracy, human rights, governance, rule of law, political reform, security, emerging economies, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • expert thumbnail - Hamzawy
    Amr Hamzawy
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Middle East Program
    Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
    Amr Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague, and Berlin.
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    Rachel Kleinfeld
    Senior Fellow
    Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
    Kleinfeld is a senior fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program. She was the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project.
  • expert thumbnail - Vaishnav
    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.
  • expert thumbnail - Youngs
    Richard Youngs
    Senior Fellow
    Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
    Youngs is an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union, in particular on questions of democracy support.
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