Democracy Promotion Under Obama: The Complexities of Reengagement


Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (All day)


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment

About the Seminar
Among the many foreign policy challenges President Obama inherited from his predecessor, restoring the credibility of U.S. democracy promotion is one of the most complex. What have the new president and his foreign policy team done so far on this front? What opportunities exist for U.S. democracy promotion in a world where democratic retreat is as common as democratic advance? Can a new line on democracy be reconciled with the broader Obama policy of diplomatic reengagement, which entails reaching out to undemocratic regimes, like those in Russia and Iran?

About the Democracy Seminar Series
The Democracy Seminar Series brings distinguished speakers to Harvard Kennedy School for the academic year to address critical challenges facing democratic governance.