Freedom House, a U.S.-based international nongovernmental organization, has selected Assis Malaquias, PhD, Academic Chair for Defense Economics at the Africa Center, to serve as the expert adviser for the Angola and Mozambique reports in its 2011 edition of Countries at the Crossroads.
Countries at the Crossroads is the highly regarded annual survey of democratic governance produced by Freedom House. Freedom House conducts research on democracy, political freedom, and human rights. Its annual report is widely used by political scientists and advocacy organizations. It is also frequently consulted by journalists and academics, and serves as a basis for dialogue among NGOs, development agencies, and governments.
As an expert adviser, Dr. Malaquias will review the reports on Angola and Mozambique by Countries at the Crossroads authors and offer his critique of the content.
Dr. Malaquias oversees curriculum and program development in the area of defense economics at the Africa Center. He recently authored the chapter “UNITA’s Insurgency Lifecycle” for the book Violent Non-State Actors in World Politics, analyzing the complex role of UNITA in Angola.
Since 2003, Countries at the Crossroads has covered 60 countries worldwide (now expanded to 70), providing in-depth examination of accountability and public voice, civil liberties, rule of law, and anticorruption and transparency. In addition to being published as a book volume, Countries at the Crossroads is included in the World Bank’s Governance Matters set of indicators and serves as a primary source of information and guidance for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.