M.A. Democracy & Governance

Practitioners and scholars in fields as diverse as public policy, development, international relations, and security studies increasingly recognize that successful programs in their fields require effective and accountable governance.

The Democracy and Governance Program seeks to understand the foundations of democratic and responsive government, how policymakers can create and implement policies to achieve these objectives, and prepares students for careers in democracy assistance, governance reform, politics, and international affairs.

The program provides graduate training with its Masters in Democracy and Governance (M.A.) and advances research in the areas of democratic change and governance reform through the Center for Democracy and Civil Society (CDACS).

CDACS is a member of the National Endowment for Democracy’s Network of Democracy Reserach Institutes, and conducts scholarly research, hosts speakers and conferences, and publishes the annual journal Democracy and Society.


Recent Faculty Scholarship

As 2021 Begins, Rival Populisms Menace Tunisia’s Democracy (new window). Daniel Brumberg. January 8th 2021

How the Biden administration can get the Global Fragility Strategy right (new window). Patrick Quirk. Richmond Blake. 5th January 2021

Strengthening citizen-centered governance should be a core element of the Biden administration’s democracy agenda (new window) Patrick Quirk. Eguiar Lizundia. 16th December 2020

Order from Chaos: A democracy assistance agenda for the Biden administration. Patrick Quirk. Daniel Twining. Brookings.13th November 2020

Tunisia’s Endless Transition? Daniel Brumberg, Maryam Ben Salem. Journal of Democracy, Volume 31, Number 2, April 2020, pp. 110-124 (Article).

Democracy Will Win This Battle. Dan Twinning, Patrick Quirk. The Hill. March 27th, 2020.

Stabilizing Cameroon Requires a Sustained Solution for Democracy, Rights, and Governance. Patrick Quirk, Daniella Montemarano. Brookings. March 27th, 2020.

Democracy Promotion and Conflict: Successes and Continuing Challenges. Jennifer Raymond Dresden, Thomas Edward Flores, Irfan Nooruddin. Democracy and Autocracy. Vol 18(1), 10-16. February 2020.


Recent Events

Georgetown Town Hall: How Can We Turn Back the Hands of the Doomsday Clock? The D&G program is pleased to co-sponsor a special event featuring former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, former Governor of California Jerry Brown, and the President and CEO of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Rachel Bronson. Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 4:00pm

Book Talk with Larry Diamond Join us as Larry Diamond discusses his new book Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency. Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 3:00pm

Democracy & Governance Career Panel
Thursday, October 24th, 2019 5:30pm

The Challenges of Governance in Conflict Zones
An event with Libyan National Oil Corp. Chairman Mustafa Sanalla. October 17th, 2019 12:00pm – 1:30pm


Contact Us:

Democracy and Governance Program
Georgetown University
Car Barn 3520 Prospect St. NW
Washington DC 20007
Tel: 202-687-6365
Email: democracystudies@georgetown.edu