Democracy Experts

Senior Program Manager, Africa Program, Search for Common Ground
Mike Jobbins is Search for Common Ground’s Senior Program Manager for the Africa Region. He supports the management, design, and development of conflict resolution programming in 22 countries across Africa, including in the Great Lakes, and has covered Burundi and the region for the past ten years. Mike previously worked in SFCG’s programs in the region, where he supported the start-up...
Chief of Party of the SAFE-Uganda Program, NCSC
Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
David Altman is Professor of Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  He also serves as Associate Researcher for the Uruguayan National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII), and has twice received the Uruguayan National Prize of Political Science. He has more than fifty articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and volumes. His research and teaching inter...
Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Audrey L. Altstadt is author of dozens of articles on Azerbaijan's history, politics and culture, and forthcoming book, Culture Wars in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-1940. She has worked in Azerbaijani archives since 1980 and consulted with the US Foreign Service, Radio Liberty, US Institute of Peace, the CSCE, Freedom House. She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago and received an honorary...
Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson is director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Her most recent work has focused on democratic governance, conflict resolution, citizen security and organized crime, international relations, and U.S. policy in the Western hemisphere. Arnson is a member of the editorial advisory board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, th...
Freelance journalist, writer
Anna Arutunyan is a Russia-American journalist and author based in Moscow. Born in Moscow, she was raised and educated in the United States before returning to Russia as a journalist. She has covered over a decade of Russian politics and society as reporter and editor at The Moscow News, Russia's oldest English-language weekly. Her articles have regularly appeared in USA Today and other public...
Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
Margarita M. Balmaceda (MA, PhD, Princeton) is Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and research Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Supported by, among others, three Fulbright grants and a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the European Union, she has conducted extensive field research in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, a...
Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at UCSB. She is the author or editor of 10 books on human rights movements, globalization, transitional justice, women's rights, indigenous rights, symbolic politics, and human rights foreign policy. Brysk has been a Fulbright Scholar in Canada and India, and a Visiting Scholar at universities in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Japan, t...
Staff Writer, The Christian Science Monitor
Roger-Mark De Souza is the director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center. He leads programs on climate change resilience, reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Maternal Health Initiative.Before joining the Center in 2...

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