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Amanda Abrams is a Washington, DC–based freelance writer. Previously she was a communications officer for Freedom House. She holds an MA in international development from Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program. She served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Fatima Ayub is a senior advocate for the Open Society Institute based in London. She was previously a consultant on Afghanistan projects for the International Center for Transitional Justice and has worked with Amnesty International in London and at Human Rights Watch. She holds an MA in international studies with a specialization in international law and organizations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She served as a South Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Scott H. Baker is the director of the International Business Program at Champlain College, where he teaches international business strategies within the context of socioeconomic and political development frameworks. He has worked on issues of political enfranchisement in conflict societies for the United Nations, and serves as an adviser and board member for several nonprofits in Nigeria and Southern Sudan dedicated to political rights and civil liberties. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Vermont, focusing on the relationship between political disenfranchisement and conflict in Nigeria. He served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Michael Balz is an MA candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He previously worked in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt, as well as in the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He served as a Middle East 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.
 
Jaimie Bleck is a PhD candidate in the Government Department at Cornell University, where her research focuses on social service provision, citizenship, and democratization in West Africa. Previously, she worked for Winrock International as a program assistant on USAID’s Africa Education Initiative Ambassadors Girls’ Scholarship Program. She served as a Sahel analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Julia Breslin is a freelance researcher, writer, and editor. Previously, she was the research and editorial associate for Freedom House’s 2010 publication, Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa. She has written for various other publications, including the Max Planck Institute’s Encyclopedia of Public International Law. Her research focus is the Middle East, and she has carried out research assignments in Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a law degree from Florida State University and an LLM in international human rights law from Lund University in Sweden, earned through a program taught in conjunction with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. She served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Jaclyn Burger has worked as a political affairs officer for the United Nations Mission in Liberia and as a background investigator and civics instructor for the bilateral U.S.-Liberia Security Sector Reform program. Her research interests include transitional justice, national reconciliation, security sector reform, and governance issues in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MA in international peace and conflict resolution with a specialization in postconflict peace-building from American University. She served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Sarah Cook is an Asia research analyst at Freedom House and assistant editor for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s index of internet and digital media freedom. She recently served as assistant editor for the 2010 edition of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. Prior to joining Freedom House, she coedited the English version of Chinese attorney Gao Zhisheng’s memoir, A China More Just. She holds an MSc in politics and an LLM in public international law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She served as an East Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Britta H. Crandall recently completed her PhD at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is now finishing a book on U.S. policy toward Brazil. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was associate director for Latin American sovereign risk analysis at Bank One and 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 the managing 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 and Mexico. 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.
 
Richard Downie is a fellow on the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, he was a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). He received an MA in international public policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He served as a Horn of Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Camille Eiss is policy director of the Truman National Security Project. She previously worked as a senior associate for the international development organization Endeavor, a research analyst and assistant editor of Freedom in the World at Freedom House, and an editor of the Washington Quarterly at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She holds an MA 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 was senior associate for U.S. policy and director of Caribbean programs at the Inter-American Dialogue until June 2010, when he was appointed senior adviser for Western Hemisphere affairs at the U.S. Department of State. He has published more than 50 academic and opinion articles on Latin America and the Caribbean, and he is the author of The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution. His previous positions include research associate at the Harvard Business School and Fulbright scholar in U.S.-Mexican business relations. He served as a Caribbean analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Elizabeth Floyd is currently working on developing public relations strategies for the German-American Heritage Museum in Washington, DC. Previously, she was the Democracy Web project director and editor of special reports for Freedom House. She has served as an analyst for Belgium, the Netherlands, and the German-speaking countries for Freedom of the Press. She holds an MA in modern European history from Hunter College, with a focus on German history. She served as a Western 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 PhD in political science 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.
 
Cambria Hamburg completed her MA in international affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2009, where she focused on Southeast Asian studies and international economics. She previously worked for the International Rescue Committee and the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2004 she studied in Thailand on a Fulbright scholarship. She served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Sinéad Hunt has worked previously for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Carter Center researching human rights and postconflict reconstruction in Central and North Africa. She holds an MA in international relations from Yale University, with a focus on politics and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. She served as a Central Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Toby Jones is an assistant professor of Middle East history at Rutgers University. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor and Mellon Postdoctoral 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 is the author of Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (forthcoming in fall 2010 from Harvard University Press). He served as a Middle East 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 index. A specialist on media freedom trends and measurement indicators, she also developed the methodology for and edited the pilot Freedom on the Net index of internet and digital media freedom. She has written South Asia reports for several Freedom House publications, and has been on research missions to Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. She previously worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch and as an editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit. She holds a PhD in Indian history from Cambridge University. 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 Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s index of internet and digital media freedom. She was also the managing editor of Freedom House’s 2010 publication, Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa. She previously served as the managing editor of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. She has written reports for various publications and has been on research assignments in the former Yugoslavia, the Caucasus, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She served as a Balkans analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Abraham Kim is vice president at the Korean Economic Institute. Previously, he was the research manager of government services and the principal Korea analyst at Eurasia Group. He has published a number of articles in major newspapers including the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, Joongang Ilbo, and the Korea Times, and has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business, and BNN-TV. He was a project manager for Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) and a policy analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He received his PhD in political science from Columbia University. He served as an East Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Daniel Kimmage is an independent consultant and senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Previously, he was a regional analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he focused on politics, business, and media issues in Central Asia and Russia. He coauthored Iraqi Insurgent Media: The War of Images and Ideas (2007) and authored The Al-Qaeda Media Nexus (2008). His work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, Foreign Policy, and Slate. He holds an MA in Russian and Islamic history from Cornell University. He served as a Central Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Astrid Larson is the Language Center Coordinator for the French Institute Alliance Francaise. 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 received her MA in international media and culture from the New School University. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.

Ming Kuok Lim focuses his research on the relationship between the use of new media, such as social-networking sites, and the development of democracy. He has conducted a series of interviews with prominent bloggers in Malaysia. He holds a PhD in communications from Pennsylvania State University. He served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Timothy Longman is an associate professor of political science and director of the African Studies Center at Boston University. He has researched and published extensively on state-society relations, human rights, religion, and politics in Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and authored the book Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda. Prior to coming to Boston University, he taught for 13 years at Vassar College. He has served as a consultant for Human Rights Watch, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and USAID in Burundi, Rwanda, and Congo. He served as an East Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Mary McGuire is the press officer at Freedom House. Previously, she was director of integrated communications at the University of California at Los Angeles. She has lived and worked in Latin America and has 10 years of experience in media and communications. She received an MA in international organizations at Dublin City University in Ireland with a specialization in Latin American governments. She served as a South America analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Eleanor Marchant is the program officer at Media Development Loan Fund, a New York–based nonprofit that supports independent journalism in developing countries. A former research analyst and assistant editor of the Freedom of the Press survey at Freedom House, she has also served as a visiting fellow at the Media Institute, an East Africa press freedom organization based in Kenya. She received her MA in international relations from New York University, where she wrote her thesis on democratization in West Africa. 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 Political Science Department and the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. Previously, he was the Dean’s Professor of Applied Politics and the director of the Center on Democratic Performance at Binghamton University. 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 an East Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Alysson A. Oakley is program director for the United States–Indonesia Society. (Any views expressed herein are hers alone, and do not represent those of USINDO.) She has lived in Indonesia and East Timor working on political development, with a focus on political parties and local legislatures. She holds an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with a concentration in Southeast Asia studies and international economics. She served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Manuel Orozco is a senior associate and director of remittances and development at the Inter‐American Dialogue. He is also chair of Central America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, as well as an adjunct professor and senior researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as a Central America analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Robert Orttung is president of the Resource Security Institute and a visiting scholar at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He is a coeditor of the Russian Analytical Digest and the Caucasus Analytical Digest. His recent books include Energy and the Transformation of International Relations: Toward a New Producer-Consumer Framework and Russian Energy Power and Foreign Relations: Implications for Conflict and Cooperation (both coedited with Andreas Wenger and Jeronim Perovic). He received his PhD in political science from the University of California–Los Angeles. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Sam Patten is the senior program manager for Eurasia at Freedom House. He brings a decade of experience in the former Soviet Union together with a background of foreign policy, democratization, and communications work at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Senate. Previously, he served as senior adviser for democracy promotion to the former undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs, Paula Dobriansky. As a private consultant, he has helped manage the campaigns of democratically focused political leaders in Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Albania, and northern Iraq. He holds a BA in American government from Georgetown University. He served as a Caucasus 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: Nations in Transit, a survey of democratization in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia; Countries at the Crossroads 2004, a survey of democratic governance; and Freedom of the Press.Previously, she worked as a diplomatic attaché at the Estonian Mission to the United Nations. She holds an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Arch Puddington is director of research at Freedom House and coeditor 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 a United States and Canada analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Courtney C. Radsch is the senior program officer for Freedom House’s Global Freedom of Expression Campaign and for the Southeast Asia Human Rights Program. She has worked as a journalist in the United States, Lebanon, Egypt, and Dubai. She is a PhD candidate in international relations at American University, where her research focuses on new media, activism, and politics in the Middle East. She served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Sarah Repucci is an independent consultant based in New York. She has previously worked as a senior research coordinator at Transparency International and a senior researcher at Freedom House. She holds an MA in European studies from New York University. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Sara Rhodin is an assistant editor of Nations in Transit at Freedom House. She has written for the New York Times and the Harvard Crimson and was a Fulbright scholar in Estonia from 2006 to 2007. She holds an MA in regional studies (Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia) from Harvard University. She served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Mark Y. Rosenberg is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California–Berkeley. His research focuses on single-party dominance and the political economy of heterogeneous societies, mostly 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 a staff editor at Freedom House and the line editor for Freedom in the World. Previously, he worked as a senior editor for Facts on File’s World News Digest. He holds an MA in history from New York University. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Hani Sabra has been a consultant for Freedom House for several years. Previously, he worked for the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Center for Transitional Justice, both in New York. He served as a North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Martin Smith is an MA candidate at Johns Hopkins University and a freelance consultant for small North American businesses expanding into Europe. He holds a degree in European studies from the University of London and has worked in European Union–related policy fields in Brussels. He has experience researching human rights issues in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia for members of the British Parliament, and has lived in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, and the United States. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Maxwell Sobolik is a Freedom House staff member. He holds an MA in humanities from Towson University. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Daria Vaisman is a journalist working on her first book, a narrative nonfiction account of U.S. foreign policy in the former Soviet Union, to be published in 2011. She previously worked at Transparency International and the Eurasia Foundation, and holds an MA in international affairs from Columbia University. She served as a Caucasus analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Peter VonDoepp is an associate 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 coeditor (with Leonardo Villalon) of and contributor to The Fate of Africa’s Democratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions. 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 coeditor of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. He has written extensively on European and Eurasian political and security affairs. He holds an MA 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.
 
Sonya Weston is a research assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked for the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help in Guinea. She holds a BA in government and a specialization in international studies from Lawrence University. She served as a West Africa 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 a Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom in the World.
 
Eliza Young is a research analyst and the assistant editor for Freedom in the World. She holds an MA in international relations from King’s College London. She served as a Central and Eastern Europe 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 a professor of political science and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University.
Robert Lane Greene writes for the Economist and is an adjunct assistant professor of global affairs at New York University.
John W. Harbeson is an emeritus professor of political science at the City University of New York and professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Steven Heydemann is vice president of the Grant and Fellowship Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Thomas R. Lansner is an adjunct associate professor of international affairs in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Peter Lewis is an associate professor and director of the African Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Rajan Menon is the Monroe J. Rathbone Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University.
John S. Micgiel is an adjunct professor of international affairs and director of the East Central European Center at Columbia University.
Alexander J. Motyl is a professor of political science at Rutgers University–Newark.
Andrew J. Nathan is the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.
Philip Oldenburg is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Political Science and a research scholar at the South Asia Institute at Columbia University.
Eric L. Olson is a senior adviser to the Security Initiative at the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Martin Schain is a professor of politics at New York University.
Peter Sinnott is an independent scholar who has been working on Central Asia issues for more than 25 years.
Bridget Welsh is an associate professor of political science at Singapore Management University.
Coletta Youngers is a 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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