Countries at the Crossroads is the product of the collective contributions of numerous Freedom House staff members and consultants. This study was also made possible by the generous support of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State.
Country report authors made an outstanding contribution to this effort, working to produce 30 clear, informed analyses of a highly diverse group of countries. The report authors are: Adam Albion, Martin Edwin Andersen, Michele Penner Angrist, Carolyn Bull, Jeffrey Clark, Daniel Connell, John Daniel, Bradford Dillman, Stephen Fairbanks, Joseph Fewsmith, Michael Gold-Biss, Rounaq Jahan, Cedric Jourde, Harvey Kline, Peter Lambert, David Lesch, Robert Lloyd, Augustin Loada, Duncan McCargo, Michael McFaul (with Sanja Tatic), Andres Mejia-Acosta, Gabriella Montinola, Alison Pargeter, Imogen Parsons, Sara Rakita, Sarah Repucci, David Simon, Denis J. Sullivan, Donna Lee Van Cott, and Richard Whitecross.
A group of distinguished regional experts served on the advisory committee, providing valuable input on the narratives and scores. They are: Morton Abramowitz, Joel Barkan, Linda Beck, Daniel Brumberg, John Carey, John Entelis, Bernard Haykel, Jeffrey Herbst, Michael Hutt, Nina L. Khrushcheva, Thomas Lansner, Thomas Melia, Amit Pandya, Robert Rotberg, Michael Shifter, Peter Sinnot, Bridget Welsh, Elizabeth Wishnick, and Coletta Youngers.
The Countries at the Crossroads methodology was originally developed with the expert contribution of a group of senior advisers, including Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution; Paul Martin, Columbia University; Rick Messick, World Bank; Ted Piccone, Open Society Institute; Louise Shelley, American University; and Ruth Wedgwood, Johns Hopkins University. Jay Verkuilen of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, provided invaluable guidance, in addition to his participation in the methodology committee.
Freedom House staff devoted extensive time and energy to launch this pilot effort. Sarah Repucci, researcher, and Christopher Walker, director of studies, edited the survey. Arch Puddington, director of research; Adrian Karatnycky, counselor and senior scholar; and Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Freedom House, provided overall guidance and support for the project, in addition to serving on the survey's internal review committee. Research assistant Amy Phillips supplied important research and editorial support, as did staff members Sanja Tatic and Mark Rosenberg and interns Alex Taurel and Ana Jelenkovic. Nancy van Itallie copyedited the volume. Ida Walker was the proofreader, and Beverly Butterfield designed and typeset the volume.