NIT 2017 Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements for the Nations in Transit 2017 report
Nations in Transit is made possible by the generous support of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Research and Editorial Team
Nate Schenkkan is project director of Nations in Transit.
Senior researcher Zselyke Csaky, research associate Nathan Stormont, and intern Kristina Belikova contributed to this report.
Albania: Besfort Lamallari, researcher on organized crime in Albania, Tirana
Armenia: Hamazasp Danielyan, a specialist in issues relating to democratization in Armenia.
Belarus: Andrei Kazakevich, director of the institute “Political Sphere”
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dino Jahić, journalist, editor, and media trainer, Sarajevo and Belgrade
Bulgaria: Maria Spirova, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics and International Relations, Leiden University, Leiden
Croatia: Andrija Henjak, assistant professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb
Czech Republic: Lubomír Kopeček, Associate Professor of Political Science and Vice-head of the International Institute of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno
Estonia: Vello Pettai, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Tartu; Pille Ivask is a journalist for the business daily Äripäev.
Georgia: Michael Cecire, associate scholar, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia and co-founder, Georgian Institute of Politics, Washington
Hungary: Daniel Hegedüs, research fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and visiting lecturer, Institute for East European Studies, Free University Berlin, Berlin
Kazakhstan: Joanna Lillis, journalist specializing in Central Asian affairs, Almaty
Kosovo: Krenar Gashi, researcher and doctoral fellow, University of Ghent, Ghent
Kyrgyzstan: Erica Marat, Assistant Professor, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, Washington
Latvia: Karlis Bukovskis, Deputy Director and researcher at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, and Andris Spruds, Director, Latvian Institute of International Affairs and Professor, Riga Stradins University, Riga
Lithuania: Mažvydas Jastramskis, lecturer of political science at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, Vilnius
Macedonia: Jovan Bliznakovski, PhD Fellow at the University of Milan, Italy and Associate Researcher in the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” (IDSCS) in Skopje, Macedonia.
Moldova: Victor Gotişan, media and political researcher focusing on such issues as public media, media ownership, digitalization, media funding, and media law.
Montenegro: Ivan Vukovic, Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Montenegro.
Poland: Piotr Arak, senior analyst for social affairs, Polityka Insight Center for Policy Analysis; Piotr Żakowiecki, analyst for social affairs, Polityka Insight, Warsaw
Romania: Valentina Dimulescu, Project Coordinator, Romanian Academic Society; Clara Volintiru, lecturer, Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE); Alin Bărbănțan, Junior Researcher, Romanian Academic Society.
Russia: Pavel Luzin is a senior lecturer at Perm State University in Perm, Russia.
Serbia: Miloš Damnjanović, political analyst, Belgrade
Slovakia: Benjamin Cunningham, writer and journalist, Prague
Slovenia: Marko Lovec, Research Fellow, Centre of International Relations, and Assistant Professor in International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
Tajikistan: Edward Lemon, postdoctoral research scholar, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York
Ukraine: Oleksandr Sushko, Research Director, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv; Olena Prystayko, Executive Director, Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office, Brussels
The authors of the Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan reports have chosen to remain anonymous.
Mark Kramer, Program Director of the Project on Cold War Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge
Alexander Motyl, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, Newark
Sharon Wolchik, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington
Kristie D. Evenson, researcher, Split
Susan Woodward, Professor of Political Science, City University of New York
Noah Tucker, senior editor with Radio Ozodlik, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Uzbek service