Thomas Carothers is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and a visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
Carothers is a leading authority on international support for democracy, rights, and governance and on comparative democratization. At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace he directs the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and oversees Carnegie Europe in Brussels. Carothers is the author of six critically acclaimed books as well as many articles in prominent journals and newspapers. He has also worked extensively with the Open Society Foundations, including currently as chair of the Open Society Think Tank Fund and previously as chair of the Open Society Global Advisory Board. Carothers was previously a visiting faculty member at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Prior to joining 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.