Senior Fellow and Director, Building Global Democracy and Human Rights
Expertise: Human rights, democracy, self-determination, with particular emphasis on the Western Hemisphere and Europe (Reding is a dual citizen of the United States and Belgium, and fluent in French and Spanish). U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America. LGBTI rights and treatment worldwide. The political ramifications of economic integration. Interactions between religion and politics.
Andrew Reding, a graduate of Middlebury College and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, consults on human rights, democracy, and public policy for the federal government, the media, and a public policy research center. He has an appointment as human rights expert with the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Research Unit of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington DC, and directs WPI's Project for Global Democracy and Human Rights. Reding's policy articles and reports have appeared in numerous periodicals in the U.S. and abroad, including World Policy Journal, Washington Quarterly, Brown Journal of World Affairs, New York Times Magazine, Worldbusiness, New Perspectives Quarterly, Texas Observer, Mother Jones, The Nation, and, in Mexico, Proceso, Mira, and Este País. His commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Newsday, Journal of Commerce, and dozens of regional newspapers, as well as the Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, and Montreal Gazette in Canada, and Reforma, El Norte, Excelsior, and El Financiero in Mexico. He has been an expert witness before House and Senate committees, and served as a motion picture consultant to Warner Brothers and documentary consultant to the CBC. He is involved in public policy at the local level, having served as city council member in Sanibel, Florida, and on the Jefferson County Planning Commission in Washington State.
Public Policy Research Group: Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute. Founder and director, Project for Global Democracy and Human Rights. Contributor to the World Policy Journal, the Institute’s quarterly publication. Expert witness: U.S. Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees, House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.
Federal Government: Country of Origin Information Expert with the Department of Justice (1994-2003) and Department of Homeland Security (2003-2014). Prepared country reports on human rights (Americas, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa); provided trainings on country conditions for regional offices; researched asylum cases and issues (query responses); researched groups to determine whether they should be classified as terrorist; identified foreign residents responsible for torture and massacres in their home countries, leading to civil suits and deportations.
Associate Editor, Pacific News Service, San Francisco (1994-2002); City Council member (1996-2000), and Vice Mayor (1999-2000), Sanibel, FL. Has appeared as expert witness before House and Senate committees, and served as electoral observer in Mexico and Central America, and as consultant to a motion picture studio (Warner Brothers) and a documentary producer (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). He has contributed to several books.
Honors & Affiliations:
Compton Fellowship in World Order Studies; U.S. Public Service Education Fellowship
M.A., Department of Politics, Princeton University
M.P.A., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Middlebury College