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 United States Agency for International Development.
Country report authors made an outstanding contribution to this effort, working to produce clear, informed analyses of a highly diverse group of countries. The report authors are: Adam Albion, Amel Boebukeur, Angel Alvarez, Carl Minzner, Carrie Manning, Cédric Jourde, Clement Henry, Dan Connell, Dimitri Sotiropoulos, Duncan McCargo, Fahim Quadir, Guilain Denoeux, Jaimie Bleck, JD Bowen, Jo-Marie Burt, Joan Mars, John Daniel, Leo Arriola, Linda Beck, Luis Martinez, Martin Stuart-Fox, Matthew Nelson, Michael Kevane, Miguel Centellas, Miriam Kunkler, Nathan Quimpo, Peter Lambert, Radwan Ziadeh, Richard Marcus, Robert Lloyd, Rodrigo Uprimny, Joshua Stacher, Tim Longman, Tom Lansner, Donatella Della Porta, and Alberto Vannuci.
A group of distinguished regional experts served on the advisory committee, providing valuable input on the narratives and scores. They are: Harry Blair, Martin J. Bull, Mamadou Diouf, Diego Abente Brun, Javier Corrales, John Entelis, Steven Heydemann, Adam Isacson, Josh Kurlantzick, Azzedine Layachi, Terrence Lyons, Assis Malaquias, Takis Pappas,
Jose Raul Perales, Sofolo Randrianja, Murat Somer, Scott Taylor, Susan Thomson, Susanna Wing, Bridget Welsh, 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, Brookings Institution; Louise Shelley, George Mason University; Jay Verkuilen, City University of New York; and Ruth Wedgwood, Johns Hopkins University.
Freedom House staff devoted extensive time and energy to launch this edition. Jake Dizard was the managing editor of the study. Christopher Walker, vice president for strategy and analysis, and David J. Kramer, Freedom House President, provided overall guidance and support for the project. Project director Vanessa Tucker supplied important research, editorial, and administrative support, as did staff members Tyler Roylance, Eliza Young, and intern Diana Jimenez Trejo. Editorial assistant Marisa Gorovitz provided indispensable research and editorial assistance. Sarah Repucci also provided valuable editing support. Colleagues in the Washington, D.C. and other Freedom House offices supplied important feedback on the reports. Beverly Butterfield designed and typeset the volume.