Democracy, Conflict, and Governance

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    Ending Epidemics of Violence

    Repression can incite greater disorder within a region and export violence to other places. Instead, to heal a society of epidemic violence requires the middle class helped by social organizers and politicians willing to make deals.

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    A Cure for Massive Violence

    • Rachel Kleinfeld
    • January 17, 2019
    • How Do We Fix It?: A Repair Manual For the Real World

    Decivilization can happen anywhere when violence becomes regularized. However, recovery is possible when complicit states reform and regular people, especially the middle class, address the violence and disorder in their communities.

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    Science Salon: A Savage Order

    Getting on the road to recivilization requires fixing violent and corrupt systems. Such reform can shift the incentives on the ground and may provide an opportunity for deeper change in society.

    • Op-Ed

    Reconstruction Redux

    While the road out of today’s extreme political polarization in the United States isn’t obvious, adopting reforms like ranked choice voting could reduce polarization and better represent the will of the people.

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    The World’s Most Violent Places Are Not at War

    Highly unequal societies are some of the most violent places on earth. Recovery requires an attentive middle class and politicians willing to make deals.

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    Overcoming Violence

    The distinction between political and criminal violence is not as stark as many think. When governments become complicit with violence these distinctions begin to blur.

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    Can Violent Countries Get Better?

    • Rachel Kleinfeld
    • November 09, 2018
    • Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs

    Really violent places can get better, but it is not an easy path.

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    The Global Struggle Between the Forces of Decivilization and Recivilization

    Although the world is witnessing the degradation of democracies and some political leaders flouting the rule of law, none of the projected outcomes are inevitable.

    • TV/Radio Broadcast

    Closing the Gender Gap

    The United States has fallen behind in women’s political representation, but some European practices may offer a solution.

    • Op-Ed

    For the Few, By the Few

    The United States has become a plutocracy, where wealth buys political power. This threatens to erode U.S. democratic institutions and U.S. global influence.

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 - Feldstein
    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, technology, human rights, U.S. foreign policy, conflict trends, and Africa.
  • expert thumbnail - Kleinfeld
    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 - Page
    Matthew Page
    Nonresident Scholar
    Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
    Matthew T. Page is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • 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.
  • Jodi Vittori
    Nonresident Scholar
    Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
    Jodi Vittori is a nonresident scholar in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program. She is an expert on the linkages of corruption, state fragility, illicit finance, and U.S. national security.
  • 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.

About the Program

The Carnegie Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program rigorously analyzes the global state of democracy, conflict, and governance, the interrelationship among them, and international efforts to strengthen democracy and governance, reduce violence, and stabilize conflict.

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