Democracy Experts

Associate Professor of Political Science, Alexandria University, Egypt
Abdel-Fattah Mady is associate professor of political science at Egypt’s Alexandria University, where he teaches courses on comparative politics, democratization, human rights and contemporary issues in the ME. He was trained in the study of politics at Alexandria University, Egypt (B.A., 1991 and M.A. 1997) and Claremont Graduate University, U.S.A. (M.A. 2004 and Ph.D., 2005). His research...
Voice of America's Russian Service, and Associate at Central Asia Program, George Washington University
Erica Marat is a visiting scholar at the Kennan Institute of the Wilson Center. She is an expert on security issues in postcommunist countries, with a focus on military, national, and regional defense, as well as state-crime relations. Marat previously worked at the Voice of America's Russian Service and was a research fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program...
Associate professor at Ostroh Academy
Analyst, US Government
Hy Matz has worked as an intelligence analyst in the US Government since 2007. His research focuses on crosscutting political and socioeconomic trends in the Middle East, including the evolution of the Arab Spring, regional geopolitical dynamics, and political reform. As the Arab Spring took root in 2011, he served as the daily intelligence briefer for US Administration officials responsible...
Junior Research Fellow, European Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Adis Merdzanovic is a political scientist who has just finished his PhD thesis dedicated to "Imposed Consociational Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina" at the Departments for Political Science and Philosophy of the University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland. His research focuses on constitutional order in divided post-conflict societies using the perspective of political theory, in particu...
Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park
EducationM.A. and Ph.D. in American Civilization, Brown University; B.A. in Philosophy, Barnard CollegeHonorsFulbright Senior Scholar, Germany, 2009; Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow, 2005-6; Shelby Cullom Davis Center Fellowship, Princeton University, 1995-96; Social Politics recognized by Library Journal as one of "10 Best New Journals of 1994"; Fulbright Scholar Abroad, Sweden, 1994; Nati...
Conflict and Reconciliation Officer, SFCG
Dr. Monde Muyangwa is the Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center where she leads programs designed to analyze and offer practical, actionable options for addressing some of Africa’s most critical, current and over-the-horizon issues; to foster policy-focused dialogue about and options for stronger and mutually-beneficial US-Africa relations; and to challenge the dominant...
Senior researcher, St. Petersburg Center for Independent Social Research
Irina Olimpieva works at the Center for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg, Russia as a senior researcher and the Head of the Research Department “Social Studies of the Economy”. She received her PhD in Economic Sociology from the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance. Her basic research interests are in the field of economic sociology with a particular focu...
Eric L. Olson is the Associate Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.   His research and writing has focused primarily on security issues and the impacts of crime, organized crime, and violence on democracies.  He has also written about police reform and judicial institutions as a vehicle for addressing the p...

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