NIT 2018 Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements for the Nations in Transit 2018 report
Nations in Transit 2018 was made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The positions of this publication do not represent the positions of USAID.
Research and Editorial Team
Nate Schenkkan is project director of Nations in Transit.
Senior researcher Zselyke Csaky and research associate Nathan Stormont contributed to this report.
Albania: Blendi Kajsiu, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law and Political Science in the University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.
Armenia: Elen Aghekyan, Independent researcher and former Europe and Eurasia research analyst for Freedom House’s Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press surveys.
Azerbaijan: Mike Runey, Program Officer for Eurasia at Civil Rights Defenders, Stockholm, Sweden.
Belarus: Andrei Kazakevich, director of the institute “Political Sphere.”
Bosnia: Dino Jahić, Editor-in-Chief of the Center for Investigative Journalism in Serbia (CINS).
Bulgaria: Emilia Zankina, Associate Professor in Political Science and Provost of the American University in Bulgaria; and Boris Gurov researcher and assistant professor at the Economic Research Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Science.
Croatia: Tena Prelec, Research Associate for South Eastern Europe at the LSEE European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Czech Republic: Lubomír Kopeček, Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.
Estonia: Vello Pettai, Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Tartu; and Pille Ivask, journalist for the business daily Äripäev.
Hungary: Daniel Hegedu, visisiting lecturer at the Humboldt University Berlin.
Kazakhstan: Malika Tukmadiyeva, independent researcher with several years of work experience in the civil society and research sectors.
Kosovo: GLPS, Group for Legal and Political Studies, an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit public policy organization based in Pristina.
Latvia: Daunis Auers, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Latvia.
Lithuania: Mazvydas Jastrumskis, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University.
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 Gotisan, Media and politics researcher focusing on such issues as public media, media ownership, digitalization, media funding, and media law.
Montenegro: Bojan Baća, doctoral candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology and a research fellow at the Global Digital Citizenship Lab at York University, Canada; and Kenneth Morrison, Professor of Modern Southeast History at De Montfort University and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Poland: Anna Wójcik, coordinator at the Wiktor Osiatyński Archive, a rule of law and human rights monitoring initiative in Warsaw, Poland.
Romania: Laura Ștefan, anticorruption expert, former director in the Romanian Ministry of Justice, and international expert on rule of law; and Sorin Ioniță, expert in public administration reform and development and an associate lecturer at Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj); and Septimius Pârvu, expert in good governance and electoral process.
Russia: Pavel Luzin, Founder of the research startup Under Mad Trends, former senior lecturer at Perm State University, and columnist at the Intersection project.
Serbia: Miloš Damnjanović, Political analyst, Belgrade, Serbia.
Slovakia: Peter Učeň, Political scientist and former democracy assistance worker, Bratislava, Slovakia.
Slovenia: Marko Lovec, Research Fellow at the Centre for International Relations in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.
Tajikistan: Ed Lemon, Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Columbia University.
Ukraine: Yulia Yesmukhanova, Deputy Chief of Party of Global Communities, an NGO that implements the USAID-funded DOBRE project in Ukraine.
The authors of the Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, 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
Noah Tucker, senior editor with Radio Ozodlik, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Uzbek service