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Valerian E. Agbaw-Ebai is a Cameroonian journalist with wide international experience, especially in Africa. He is a Mason Fellow and graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of African-American Public Policy. He served as the Central Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Alexis Arieff has worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Africa program at the Committee to Protect Journalists and as a research intern at the International Crisis Group’s West Africa field office. She holds an M.A. in international relations from Yale University, with a focus on politics and security in sub-Saharan Africa. She also writes for Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press survey. She served as a West 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.

Sarah Cook is a Research Assistant at Freedom House. Her research focuses on Asia and the Middle East, and she has served as an analyst for East Asia and Israel for Freedom House's Freedom of the Press survey. She holds an M.Sc. in Middle East Politics and an LL.M. in Public International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Britta H. Crandall is a Ph.D. 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 South 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 fifty 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 previous 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.

Elizabeth Floyd is Editor of Special Reports at Freedom House, and she has managed the production of the recent Today’s American: How Free? and “Democracy Web: Comparative Studies in Democracy,” a curriculum website. She holds an M.A. in modern European history from Hunter College CUNY with a focus on German history. She analyzed German-speaking countries for Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press survey. She served as a Western and Central Europe 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 Ph.D. in political science from the New School for Social Research and received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Italy. He served as a Southern 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 an M.A. from Oxford University in European politics, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Toby Jones is Assistant Professor of Middle East history at Rutgers University and a Research Associate on the Oil, Energy and Middle East project at Princeton’s Environmental Institute. His main research interests are the history of state-building, politics, and Shia-Sunni relations in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Swarthmore College and the Persian Gulf Analyst for the International Crisis Group. He has published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Report, Foreign Affairs, and Arab Reform Bulletin. He served as the Gulf countries 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 she 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 a Senior Researcher at Freedom House and the Managing Editor of two Freedom House surveys, Countries at the Crossroads and Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa. She has written reports for various publications and has been on research assignments in the former Yugoslavia, Caucasus, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She served as a Balkans analyst for Freedom in the World.

Lydia Khalil is a lecturer at Macquarie University’s Centre for Policing Intelligence and Counterterrorism in Sydney, Australia. She specializes in Middle East political reform and international terrorism. She served in Iraq as a policy adviser for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and worked with Iraqi politicians on constitutional drafting and political negotiations. She is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and was appointed as a 2009 International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds an M.A. in international security from Georgetown University. She served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom in the World.

Daniel Kimmage is a Senior Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He has previously contributed to Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press survey. He served as the Central Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Jae Ku is the Director of the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, he was the Director of the Human Rights in North Korea Project at Freedom House. He has taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Brown University, and Yonsei University and Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. His research interests include inter-Korean relations, U.S.-Korea relations, democracy in Asia, and human rights in North Korea.  He holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He served as an East Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.

Astrid Larson is the Research Coordinator for the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at Cardozo School of Law. She is a graduate candidate at the New School University for international media and culture. She has served as an analyst for Western Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the South Pacific for Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press survey. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Eleanor Marchant is a former Research Analyst at Freedom House and Assistant Editor of the Freedom of the Press survey. More recently, she was a Visiting Fellow at The Media Institute, an East Africa press freedom organization based in Kenya, where she covered the December 2007 presidential election. 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 M.A. 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.

Katrina Neubauer is a Research Analyst and Assistant Editor of Freedom in the World. Her area of focus is Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular emphasis on the Sahelian region. She holds an M.A. in international relations from George Washington University. She has served as an analyst for Africa and South Asia for Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press survey. She served as the Sahel 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 Dialogue’s Central America program. In addition to his work at the Dialogue, he is chair for Central America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute of the State Department and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. He holds a Ph.D. 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 Senior Fellow at the Jefferson Institute and a visiting scholar at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He is a co-editor of the Russian Analytical Digest, a biweekly newsletter that examines political and economic developments in Russia. His recent books include Russia’s Battle with Crime, Corruption and Terrorism (co-edited with Anthony Latta) and Russian Business Power: The Role of Business in Russian Foreign and Security Relations (co-edited with Andreas Wenger and Jeronim Perovic). He earned his Ph.D. in political science from UCLA. 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 has been a country analyst for several Freedom House publications: the Nations in Transit survey of democratization in East-Central Europe and Eurasia, the Countries at the Crossroads 2004 survey of democratic governance, and the Freedom of the Press survey. Previously, she worked as a diplomatic attaché at the Estonian Mission to the United Nations. She holds an M.A. 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 an independent consultant based in New York. Previously, she was a Senior Researcher at Freedom House. She 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 in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on dominant party systems, political economy, and democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a former Researcher at Freedom House and Assistant Editor of Freedom in the World. He served as a Southern Africa and Israel/Palestinian Territories analyst for Freedom in the World.

Tyler Roylance is an Editorial and Research Assistant at Freedom House and line editor for Freedom in the World. Previously, he served as a Senior Editor for the Facts on File World News Digest. He holds an M.A. in history from New York University. He served as a Southeast Europe analyst for the 2007 and 2008 editions of Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press. He served as the Southeast Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Hani Sabra has consulted for Freedom House for several years. He previously worked for the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Center for Transitional Justice, both in New York. He served as a North and East Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.

Daria Vaisman is a journalist based in New York. She previously worked for the Georgian government and as an analyst for Transparency International. She is currently writing a book about the former Soviet Union. She served as a Caucasus 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 survey of democratic governance. He has written extensively on European and Eurasian political and security affairs. He holds an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He served as a Caucasus analyst for Freedom in the World.

Thomas Webb is a law student at Fordham Law School. He is a former Research Assistant at Freedom House. He served as a South Asia 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, army manpower, and U.S. relations with states in the Asia-Pacific region. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She served as the Pacific Islands and Indochina analyst for 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 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 at 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 at Rutgers University-Newark.

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.

Martin Schain is Professor of Politics at New York University

Michael Shifter is Vice President for Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC, and Adjunct Professor of Latin American Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at 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 the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Coletta Youngers is Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and an independent consultant specializing in human rights and democracy issues in Latin America.
 

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