In this episode, hosts Chris and Ken speak to Thomas Carothers, Senior Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The three speak about the state of democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons to learn from government action during the outbreak and more.
Carothers is also the founder and director of the Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment. He is a leading authority on international support for democracy, human rights, governance, the rule of law, and civil society. Carothers has worked on democracy assistance projects for many public and private organizations and carried out research projects on democracy-building efforts around the world.
Prior to working at the Carnegie Endowment, Carothers practiced international and financial law at Arnold & Porter and served as an attorney adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State.
He is the author or editor of ten critically acclaimed books and many articles in prominent journals and newspapers, including most recently, Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Central European University in Budapest, Nuffield College, Oxford University, and Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Carothers received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics where he was a Marshal Scholar and an A.B. from Harvard College.