If you are interested in following the global discourse on support for democracy in particular (political parties, parliaments, civil society, anti-corruption, access to information, etc.) and development cooperation in general, the website of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a good place to start. Carnegie offers a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States.

The mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, the centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues. Carnegie has over 100 experts living and working in 20 countries. The scholars of each center are drawn from the region and write in the local languages, while collaborating closely with colleagues across the world. The result provides capitals and global institutions with a deeper understanding of the circumstances shaping policy choices worldwide as well as a flow of new approaches to policy problems.

I follow the Democracy and Rule of Law Program in particuler, headed by Thomas Carothers, who is Senior Vice President for studies at Carnegie. In that capacity he oversees all of the research programs at Carnegie.  He also carries out research and writing on democracy-related issues – and he is one of the most knowledgeable people regarding support for political parties.

Carothers is a leading authority on international support for democracy, human rights, governance, the rule of law, and civil society. He has worked on democracy assistance projects for many organizations and carried out extensive field research on aid efforts around the world. He is the author of six critically acclaimed books and many articles in prominent journals and newspapers. His recent publications include “Democracy Support Strategies: Leading With Women’s Political Empowerment” (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, September 2016), “Is the United States Giving Up on Democracy Promotion? (Foreign Policy, September 2016), and “Look Homeward, Democracy Promoter” (Foreign Policy, January 2016).