Democratic Transition Experts

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...
Senior Lecturer in the Russia Institute, King’s College London
Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, and Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego
Former Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
Farahnaz Ispahani is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. She is a Pakistani politician who served as a member of Parliament and Media Advisor to the President of Pakistan. At the Parliament she focused on the issues of terrorism, human rights, minority rights and US-Pakistan relations. Ms. Ispahani spent the formative years of her career as a print and television journalist. Her...
Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Washington University Law
Professor of Political Science, Mohyla National University, Kyiv
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, 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...