On May 5 in New York, Thomas Carothers gave the inaugural lecture in a new lecture series on democracy at the United Nations in honor of Margaret Vogt, the late Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the Central African Republic. He spoke about "Democracy’s Uncertain State.”

He highlighted UNDEF's role in addressing these challenges: "The United Nations role in international democracy support is much wider, much broader and much more important than many observers of this community realize... We have the United Nations Democracy Fund, which when it was started a little more than 10 years ago, many people had questions about, but has proven itself to be effective, respected and legitimate in parts of the world where it's very difficult for others to operate."

The lecture was originally broadcast on UN Web TV.