Acknowledgements

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Freedom in the World 2006 could not have been completed without the contributions of numerous Freedom House staff and consultants. The section entitled "The Survey Team" contains a detailed list of the writers and advisers without whose efforts this project would not have been possible.

Several other Freedom House staff members provided valuable input on the country reports and/or ratings, including Mike Staresinic and Sanja Pesek of the Belgrade office; Humberto Henderson of the Mexico City office; Jeannette Goehring of the Budapest office; Frances Abouzeid of the Amman office; and Alexander Gupman, Jae Ku, Joe McSpedon, Catherine Osgood, Sarah Jedrzejczak, and Justin Wilson of the Washington, D.C. office. Astrid Larson of the New York office supplied critical administrative support. Raffael Himmelsbach and Thomas Webb, research interns, were involved in various stages of the survey research process. Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Freedom House, and Thomas Melia, deputy executive director of Freedom House, provided overall guidance for the project.

Freedom House would like to thank the generous financial support provided to Freedom in the World by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the F. M. Kirby Foundation.