Ashley Quarcoo

Nonresident Scholar
Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
Ashley Quarcoo is a nonresident scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program. She is also the senior director for democracy programs and pillars with the Partnership for American Democracy.
 

Education

BA, Social Studies, Harvard University
MPA, International Relations, Princeton University, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

 

Ashley Quarcoo is a nonresident scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program. She is also the senior director for democracy programs and pillars with the Partnership for American Democracy.  

Quarcoo was previously a senior fellow at Carnegie where her research focused on threats to democracy, social and political polarization, and comparative approaches toward building social cohesion and democratic renewal.  She also previously served as Senior Research Manager with the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program.

Quarcoo spent over a decade supporting peacebuilding and democratic development in post-conflict countries and countries transitioning out of authoritarianism.  She previously worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where she supported strategy, policy, and program development for a nearly $300 million democracy, human rights, and governance foreign assistance portfolio. In this role, she helped to lead major U.S. Government responses to political transitions in Ethiopia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, and South Sudan.  Between assignments at USAID, Quarcoo served at the State Department, leading the development of U.S. strategy for United Nations peace operations in Sudan and South Sudan.  As a Presidential Management Fellow from 2008 to 2010, Quarcoo served as a legislative aide to Congresswoman Nita Lowey, supporting the State and Foreign Operations portfolio, and also served on the Haiti Task Team following the 2010 earthquake. Prior to government service, Quarcoo worked on access to justice and human rights in Africa, including for the Carter Center and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation based in South Africa.

Quarcoo was a visiting fellow with the SNF Agora Institute in 2020, a 2019-2020 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and a 2014-2019 Council on Foreign Relations Term Member.  She serves on the Advisory Board of Global Kids.

  • Rallies Held Across America On Anniversary Of George Floyd's Death
    Paper October 26, 2021
    Racial Reckoning in the United States: Expanding and Innovating on the Global Transitional Justice Experience

    In the United States, new efforts to address state-backed racial violence and discrimination tap into a long global history of transitional justice. Case studies in Brazil, South Africa, and Northern Ireland shed light on which types of transitional justice programs are likely to be most effective in the United States.

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  • Op-Ed Think Global Health January 21, 2021
    The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Democracy

    Democracy in the United States was ailing long before the arrival of COVID-19, but the pandemic was an opportunity for U.S. leaders to demonstrate unity, strengthen institutions, and model competent governance in response to an existential public health threat.

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  • Can Elections Be Credible During a Pandemic?
    Article July 29, 2020
    Can Elections Be Credible During a Pandemic?

    The choice to hold or delay elections carries big risks for the legitimacy of democratic institutions.

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  • Global Democracy Supporters Must Confront Systemic Racism
    Article July 15, 2020
    Global Democracy Supporters Must Confront Systemic Racism

    With the legitimacy of democratic institutions at stake, global democracy supporters can no longer overlook systemic racism when assessing democratic performance.

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  • People participate in a motorcade and demonstration in favor Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus
    Article May 1, 2020
    Can the Coronavirus Heal Polarization?

    Polarization is straining democracies around the world, but effective governance and mobilization during the crisis could help narrow social divides.

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  • Graffiti calling on people to vote in India
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy February 28, 2020
    What Washington Can Learn About Elections—From Abroad

    Given the success the United States has had with supporting democracy around the world, why does it seem incapable of applying those lessons at home?

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  • A Brief Guide to South Sudan’s Fragile Peace
    Q&A December 12, 2019
    A Brief Guide to South Sudan’s Fragile Peace

    Within two years of its formation in 2011, bad blood between South Sudan’s two most powerful leaders had flared into violence. On the six-year anniversary of hostilities breaking out, a revamped peace deal looks like the country’s best chance of restoring order.

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  • 1a January 4, 2021
    Who Is Us: Defining American Identity

    It’s no secret that the United States is a nation divided. Political polarization and one of the most divisive presidencies in modern history have seen the rifts in American society deepen significantly.

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  • CBS News November 2, 2020
    Calming the Tension Headed into Election Day

    A number of civil society groups and volunteers are working to ease tensions heading into the 2020 election.

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