MOHAMMED AYOOB is distinguished professor of international relations at Michigan State University. His articles have appeared in such journals as World Politics, Foreign Policy, and International Affairs, and he is the author of ten books, including most recently The Third World Security Predicament (1995).
OSMAN BAKAR is professor and Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. He has authored twelve books and 120 articles on various aspects of Islam. He is the author of Islam and Political Legitimacy in Malaysia (2003).
HEATHER DEEGAN is professor of comparative politics at Middlesex University. Her areas of expertise include governance, political legitimacy, and globalization in the African context. Her publications include The Middle East and Problems of Democracy (Issues in Third World Politics) (1994) and more recently "Critical Issues in African Elections" (Wilton Park/FCO Report, 2003).
BRUCE W. FARCAU is a retired foreign service officer and professor at University of Central Florida. He has authored four books on Latin American politics and history, including The Transition to Democracy in Latin America: The Role of the Military (1996).
MEHRDAD HAGHAYEGHI is professor and the director of Master of International Affairs at Southwest Missouri State University. His research and teaching interests include comparative politics and Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies. He is the author of Islam and Politics in Central Asia (1995).
SHIREEN T. HUNTER is the director of the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her areas of expertise include the Middle