Democracy Experts

Analyst, U.S. Government
Dr. Brenda Seaver has worked as a CIA analyst for 14 years.  She began her career covering East Asia and has spent the last decade focusing on various countries in South America.  Between 2010-12, Seaver was a Latin America Regional Analyst at the US Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  She recently completed a two-year rotation to the CIA's Red Cell...
Professor of Public Policy and Administration, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo
Masters Candidate, GSIS Yonsei University
A Master’s candidate at the Graduate School of International Studies Yonsei University, Hyo Won Shin currently focuses on the studies of International Security and Policy. Having spent 13 years of her childhood in Yangon, Myanmar, she has always been interested in the field of security and policy. Observing the political transition of Myanmar in 2011 from a military dictatorship to a civilia...
Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio
Boyka Stefanova is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Delaware (2004). Her research interests focus on political conflict, European governance, and security issues in Europe. Dr. Stefanova has published three books: The War on Terror in Comparative Perspectiv...
Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations; Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
Samir Sumaida'ie was born in Baghdad in 1944. After having graduated from Durham University, UK, he started and ran a design business in London. Sumaida'ie was a leader in  the opposition to Saddam Hussain. After returning from exile, he became a member of the Governing Council in 2002, then the Minister of Interior in 2004 and Permanent Representative to the UN in 2004 until 2006, an...
Former Senator (R-N.H.), Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Professor, Department of Philosophy and Social Political Sciences, Kyrgyz-Turkish University and Professor, Kyrgyz-Russian University
For more than ten years, Zhyldyz Urmanbetova has been researching democratic transition in Kygyzstan, tracing the influence of both Russia and the United States. She served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University in the 2009-2010 program year, studying this project in the context of globalization. She is the author of several monographs, including "Culture...
Researcher in Residence, American University
Alexander Wilde was from 2000-04 the Ford Foundation Vice President for Communications, with global responsibilities for three primary program areas and 12 overseas offices. He formerly directed Ford’s regional office in Santiago, Chile (1994-99), supporting innovative work in Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. From 1987-93, he directed WOLA (the Washington Office on Latin America), an NG...

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