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Alexis Arieff is a graduate student in international relations at Yale University and a former Senior Research Associate for the Africa program at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She writes for the Freedom House survey, Freedom of the Press. She served as an Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Gordon N. Bardos is Assistant Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He also serves as Executive Director of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), the world's largest scholarly organization dedicated to the problems of nationalism, ethnicity, and ethnic conflict-management. He served as a Balkans analyst for Freedom in the World.

Britta H. Crandall is a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where her research focuses on U.S. policy toward Brazil. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was Associate Director for Latin American sovereign risk analysis at Bank One. She also worked as a Latin American Program Examiner for the Office of Management and Budget. She served as a South America analyst for Freedom in the World.

Jake Dizard is a Research Analyst at Freedom House and Assistant Editor of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. His area of focus is Latin America, with a specific emphasis on the Andean region. He is a 2005 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He served as a Latin America analyst for Freedom in the World.

Camille Eiss is a Research Analyst at Freedom House and Assistant Editor of Freedom in the World. Her research focuses on political and human rights developments in Southeast Asia. She previously worked as Associate Managing Editor of the Washington Quarterly at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She holds an M.Sc. in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics, with a focus on political Islam. She served as a 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 the Harvard Business School and Fulbright scholar in U.S.-Mexican business relations. He served as the Caribbean 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. He served as a Western Europe 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 served as a Western and Central Europe analyst for Freedom  in the World.

David Hawk formerly directed the Cambodia Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights and Executive Director of Amnesty International, USA. He recently authored a major Freedom House report, "Concentrations of Inhumanity: An Analysis of the Phenomena of Repression Associated with North Korea's Kwan-li-so Political Penal Labor Camps According to the Terms and Provisions of Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Parallel Provisions of Customary International Law on Crimes Against Humanity." He served as an East Asia 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 served 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 has written South Asian reports for Freedom of the Press and the Countries at the Crossroads 2004 survey of democratic governance, and has been on research missions to Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. Ms. Karlekar holds a Ph.D. in Indian history from Cambridge University and previously worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch and as an editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit. She served as a South Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Sanja Kelly is the Managing Editor of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. In this capacity, she directs research, writing, and administrative operations for the survey. Ms. Kelly acts as a spokesperson for Freedom House on the issues of political development in the Balkans. She served as a Balkans analyst for Freedom in the World.

Lydia Khalil is a New York-based Middle East analyst specializing in Middle East political reform and international terrorism and is a regular contributor to the Jamestown Foundation publications. She has worked in the United States and abroad for the U.S. government, international organizations, private companies, and think tanks on a variety of international security issues. She also worked in Iraq as a policy advisor for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and worked closely with Iraqi politicians on constitutional drafting and political negotiations. She holds a Master’s degree in International Security from Georgetown University. She served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom in the World.

Astrid Larson is a Researcher for Freedom House and Office Manager in the New York Freedom House office.    She has served as an analyst for Western Europe, Africa, and the South Pacific for Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press. She served as the Scandinavia analyst for Freedom in the World. 

Eleanor Marchant is a Research Analyst at Freedom House and the Assistant Editor of Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press survey. Her research focuses on human rights, particularly press freedom, in West Africa, and she has authored a number of reports on countries in that region for both the 2006 and 2007 editions of Freedom of the Press. She holds an M.A. in international relations from New York University and a B.Sc. in economics and politics from the University of Bristol in England. She served as a West Africa 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 served as the East Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Melissa Murphy has been covering East Asian issues for over a decade and is currently based in Washington, DC.  She holds an MA from Harvard University and has written extensively on China, Taiwan, and Sino-U.S. relations. She served as an East Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Manuel Orozco is Director of Remittances and Development at the Inter-American Dialogue conducting policy analysis and advocacy on issues relating to global flows of remittances. He also heads the Central America program. In addition to his work at the Dialogue, he is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. He has worked as a policy consultant for various organizations in Central America, the United States, and South Africa developing programs on democracy and governance issues. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as the Central America analyst for Freedom in the World.

Robert Orttung is a visiting scholar at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and a Senior Fellow at the Jefferson Institute. Orttung is a co-editor of the Russian Analytical Digest, a biweekly newsletter that examines political and economic developments in Russia. His recent books include Russian Business Power: The Role of Business in Russian Foreign and Security Relations (co-edited with Andreas Wenger and Jeronim Perovic) and Counter-Terrorism Strategies in the US, UK, France, Turkey, and Russia: A Comparative Analysis (co-edited with Andrey Makarychev). He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA in 1992 and a B.A. from Stanford University in Russian Studies in 1986. He served as an Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Aili Piano is a Senior Researcher at Freedom House and the 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 democratic governance. Before joining Freedom House, she worked as a diplomatic attaché at the Estonian Mission to the United Nations. She holds a Master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.  She served as the Baltic states 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 served 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 served as the Turkey and Cyprus analyst for Freedom in the World.

Mark Y. Rosenberg is a doctoral student of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former 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 served as the Southern Africa and Israel/Palestinian Territories analyst for Freedom in the World.

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

Sanam Vakil is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  Her academic research concerns Iran’s domestic and foreign policy, US foreign policy to the Middle East, and Persian Gulf politics.  She served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom in the World.

Peter VonDoepp is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont.  A specialist in African politics, he has published numerous articles on democratization processes in Africa. He is also editor (with Leonardo Villalon) and contributor to The Fate of Africa’s Democratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions (Indiana 2005). He has obtained research grants from the National Science Foundation and Fulbright Hays Program.  He served as a Southern Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Christopher Walker is Director of Studies at Freedom House and co-editor of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. He has written extensive analyses of European and Eurasian political and security affairs. He holds a Master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He served as the Caucasus analyst for Freedom in the World.

Thomas Webb is a Research Assistant at Freedom House and a recent graduate of Vassar College.  He served as a South Asia and Eastern Europe 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 served as the Pacific Islands and Indochina analyst for Freedom in the World.
 

Academic Advisors

Jon B. Alterman directs the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
David Becker is an Emeritus Professor of Government at 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 R. Lansner is Adjunct Associate Professor of International Affairs in the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
Peter Lewis is Associate Professor and Director of the African Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
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 Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and Director of the East Central European Center at Columbia University.
Alexander J. Motyl is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director of the 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.
Philip Oldenburg is Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, and Research Scholar, Southern Asian Institute at Columbia University.
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.
Peter Sinnott is Assistant Director, Central Asia Project at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy.
Bridget Welsh is Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
 

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