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James Lewis

James is the Content & Strategy Manager for the Renew Democracy Initiative. Before RDI, he worked at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as a research assistant on the history of democracy.

Sohan Mewada

Sohan is a Writer & Editor at Renew Democracy Initiative. He earned his B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College and focused on political violence, extremism, and the problems and crises facing democracy, both old and emerging.

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