International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Arch Puddington

Freedom House

Arch Puddington joined Freedom House over 21 years ago, where he currently serves as senior vice president for research and is responsible for the publication of Freedom in the World and other research publications, as well as the development of new research and advocacy programs. He was previously research director for the A. Philip Randolph Institute, executive director for the League for Industrial Democracy, and a bureau manager for Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty. He writes frequently on international affairs, race relations, organized labor, and the Cold War. His writings have appeared in Commentary, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, National Interest, and Journal of Democracy. He is the author of three books: Failed Utopias: Methods of Coercion in Communist Societies (ICS, 1989), Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (University Press of Kentucky, 2000), and Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor (Wiley, 2005). He attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and received a B.A. in English Literature.

Forum Publications

“The Freedom House Survey for 2012: Breakthroughs in the Balance,” Journal of Democracy (Apr. 2013)

“The Freedom House Survey for 2011: The Year of the Arab Uprisings,” Journal of Democracy (Apr. 2012)