Ashley Quarcoo is an international development practitioner and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focus is on threats to democracy, social and political polarization, and comparative approaches toward building social cohesion and democratic renewal.
Quarcoo is a 2019-2020 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, on leave from the U.S. Agency for International Development where she supports strategy, policy, and program development for a nearly $300 million democracy, human rights, and governance foreign assistance portfolio. Previously, she worked at the State Department, leading the U.S. strategy for United Nations peace operations in Sudan and South Sudan. She has also worked extensively in the democracy sector in Africa, including Liberia, South Africa, and Ethiopia.