Acknowledgements

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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: Jennie E. Burnet, Dan Connell, John Daniel, Bradford Dillman, Jake Dizard, Stephen Fairbanks, Thomas Gold, Paul Hutchcroft, Cédric Jourde, Edmond Keller, Michael Kevane, Stephen King, Harvey Kline, Peter Lambert, David Lesch, Robert Lloyd, Lawrence Markowitz, Duncan McCargo, Andrés Mejía Acosta, Alison Pargeter, Imogen Parsons, Orlando J. Pérez, Fahim Quadir, Sarah Repucci, David Simon, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Martin Stuart-Fox, Denis 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, Lisa Anderson, Joel Barkan, Linda Beck, Daniel Brumberg, John Carey, John Entelis, Nina Khrushcheva, Rene Lamarchand, Tom Lansner, Terrence Lyons, Carrie Manning, Amit Pandya, Michael Shifter, Peter Sinnott, 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. Sanja Tatic was the managing editor of the study. Christopher Walker, director of studies, and Thomas O. Melia, deputy 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 Analyst and Assistant Editor Jake Dizard supplied important research, editorial, and administrative support, as did staff members Elizabeth Floyd, Astrid Larson, Katrina Neubauer, and Thomas Webb, and interns Ilana Abrahams, Rose Grogan, Douglas Horn, Amy Rossnagel. Nancy van Itallie copyedited the volume. Ida Walker was the proofreader, and Beverly Butterfield designed and typeset the volume.