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Contributing Authors

Martin Edwin "Mick" Andersen is an investigative reporter and a historian. He has worked as a special correspondent for Newsweek and The Washington Post in Argentina, a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senior Adviser for Policy Planning with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice Department. He serves as the South America analyst for Freedom in the World.

Gordon N. Bardos is Assistant Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. His research interests focus on problems of nationalism and ethnic conflict, and he is a frequent commentator on the Balkans in the U.S. and European press. He serves as the Balkans analyst for Freedom in the World.

Vincent Boudreau is Chair of the Department of Political Science at the City College of New York and the City University Graduate Center. He also is Director of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at CCNY. Professor Boudreau's research centers on repression, protest and democracy movements in Southeast Asia. His most recent book is Resisting Dictatorship: Repression and Protest in Southeast Asia, published by Cambridge University Press in 2004. He serves as the Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Daniel P. Erikson is Senior Associate for U.S. Policy and Director of Caribbean Programs at the Inter-American Dialogue. He has published more than thirty academic and opinion articles on topics in Western Hemisphere affairs, and he is the co-editor of Transforming Socialist Economies: Lessons for Cuba and Beyond. His past positions include Research Associate at Harvard Business School and Fulbright scholar in U.S.-Mexican business relations. He serves as the Caribbean analyst for Freedom in the World.

Ashley Esarey received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at Middlebury College, where his academic research concerns mass media in China and democratization in East Asia. He serves as the East Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Gary C. Gambill is the Editor of the Mideast Monitor. He has written extensively on Lebanese and Syrian politics, authoritarianism in the Arab World, and American foreign policy in the region. He serves as a Middle East analyst for Freedom in the World.

Thomas W. Gold is a former Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at Sacred Heart University and the author of The Lega Nord and Contemporary Politics in Italy. He earned his doctorate from the New School for Social Research and received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Italy in 1996 and 1997. He serves as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Michael Goldfarb served as Senior Press Officer at Freedom House from 2000 through 2005. Prior to joining Freedom House, he worked as a reporter in Israel for United Press International and as a writer for Time.com, the Web site of Time magazine. He serves as a Middle East analyst for Freedom in the World.

Robert Lane Greene writes for Economist.com and The Economist and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Affairs at New York University. Previously, he was the Editor of country analyses at Economist.com. He holds a master's degree from Oxford University in European politics, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He serves as a Western and Central Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Barrie Hofmann is a Senior Advisor for the National Democratic Institute (NDI), where she formerly served as NDI's Deputy Regional Director for Central and West Africa. She completed a number of diplomatic assignments abroad for the Department of State and was an analyst in the State Department's Office of African Analysis. She serves as a Western and Central Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Karin Deutsch Karlekar is a Senior Researcher at Freedom House and the Managing Editor of Freedom House's annual Freedom of the Press survey. She was the author of the Afghanistan and Sri Lanka reports for Freedom House's Countries at the Crossroads 2004 survey of democratic governance. Ms. Karlekar holds a PhD in Indian history from Cambridge University and previously worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch and an editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit. She serves as the South Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Brian M. Katulis is Director of Democracy and Public Diplomacy on the National Security Team at the Center for American Progress. At the Center, his work examines U.S. national security policy in the Middle East and democratization, with a focus on Iraq. His experience includes work on the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State and the Near East and South Asian Directorate of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. He serves as a Middle East analyst for Freedom in the World.

Edward R. McMahon holds a joint appointment as Research Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. Previously, he was Dean's Professor of Applied Politics and the Director of the Center on Democratic Performance at Binghamton University (SUNY). He has also served as regional director for West, East, and Central Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. He serves as the East Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Aili Piano is a Senior Researcher at Freedom House and Managing Editor of Freedom in the World. She was a country report author for several editions of Nations in Transit, a Freedom House survey of democratization in East-Central Europe and Eurasia, and for Freedom House's Countries at the Crossroads 2004 survey of governance. Before joining Freedom House, Ms. Piano worked as a diplomatic attaché at the Estonian Mission to the United Nations. She serves as the Central Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Arch Puddington is Director of Research at Freedom House and co-editor of Freedom in the World. He has written widely on American foreign policy, race relations, organized labor, and the history of the Cold War. He is the author of Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty and Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor. He serves as the United States and Canada analyst for Freedom in the World.

Sarah Repucci is a Senior Research Coordinator at Transparency International in Berlin. Previously, she was a Senior Researcher at Freedom House. Ms. Repucci holds an M.A. in European Studies from New York University. She serves as a Western and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Rick Rockwell is Associate Professor of Journalism at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the co-author of Media Power in Central America, which was named one of the best books of 2003 by the American Library Association. He has worked on assignment in Central America and Mexico for PBS, the Associated Press, the Baltimore Sun, and other news organizations. In 2003 and 2004, he served as a U.S. Senate staffer specializing in telecommunications issues. He serves as the Central America analyst for Freedom in the World.

Mark Y. Rosenberg is Researcher at Freedom House and Assistant Editor of Freedom in the World. He is the author of the South Africa report for Countries at the Crossroads 2006 and is the Southern Africa and Israel analyst for Freedom of the Press. He serves as the Southern African and Israel analyst for Freedom in the World.

Hani Sabra is a human rights professional based in New York. From 2001 to 2005, he was the Middle East and North Africa researcher at the Committee to Protect Journalists. He serves as a Middle East analyst for Freedom in the World.

Cindy Shiner is a West Africa information officer for the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks in Dakar, Senegal. She has reported from more than a dozen African countries for The Washington Post, The Guardian, and National Public Radio. Ms. Shiner has also worked as a consultant on Africa issues for Human Rights Watch. She serves as a Western Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Vitali Silitski is a Minsk-based freelance political analyst. Until 2003, he was a professor at the European Humanities University in Minsk, Belarus, a position that he was forced to leave for publicly criticizing the government of President Lukashenka. In 2006, he was a visiting scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, at Stanford University. He serves as an Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Sanja Tatic is Managing Editor of the Countries at the Crossroads survey at Freedom House. She holds an MA in international relations from Columbia University and has previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives. Her research interests focus on democratic transition and consolidation in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union. She serves as a Balkans analyst for Freedom in the World.

Christopher Walker is Director of Studies at Freedom House and co-editor of Freedom House's Countries at the Crossroads survey of governance. He has written extensive analyses of European and Eurasian political and security affairs. He serves as the Caucasus analyst for Freedom in the World.

Anny Wong is a political scientist with the RAND Corporation. Her research covers science and technology policy, international development, homeland security, and U.S. relations with Asia-Pacific countries. She serves as the Pacific Islands analystfor Freedom in the World. 
 

Academic Advisers

Jon B. Alterman directs the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

David Becker is Associate Professor in the Department of Government, Dartmouth College.

John P. Entelis is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University.

John W. Harbeson is Professor of Political Science at The Graduate Center and City College of the City University of New York.

Thomas Lansner is Adjunct Associate Professor of International Affairs in the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

Peter M. Lewis is Associate Professor in the School of International Service, American University.

Rajan Menon is Monroe J. Rathbone Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University and a Fellow at the New America Foundation.

John S. Micgiel is Director of the East Central European Center, Columbia University.

Alexander J. Motyl is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director of the Graduate Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University-Newark.

Andrew Moravcsik is Professor of Politics and Director of the European Union Program, Princeton University.

Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.

Teresita C. Schaffer is Director of the South Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Michael Shifter is Vice President for Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC. He is also adjunct professor of Latin American Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Arturo Valenzuela is Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Bridget Welsh is Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies in the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
 

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