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WHO WE ARE The Center for International Policy (CIP) is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Our global programs address the most urgent threats to our planet: war, corruption, inequality and climate change. CIP’s mix of former senior government officials, academics and activists provides insider’s access, scholarly rigor, media savvy as well as the passion and organizing skills of seasoned activists. We magnify our impact by organizing global coalitions and working with partner organizations in the United States and around the world. We think of ourselves as Washington insiders with an outsider’s agenda. Our programs work to cut unnecessary military spending, seek diplomatic means to resolve disputes with adversaries, end tax evasion, illicit financial flows and unnecessary bank secrecy and halt the destruction of tropical forests.



The Common Defense Campaign seeks a negotiated end to the war in Afghanistan, a drawdown of U.S. forces in the Middle East and real, lasting cuts in the military budget. WIN WITHOUT WAR


Win Without War is a coalition of 40 national organizations with diverse constituencies totaling over 11 million members. It is the largest antiwar coalition in America. SECURITY ASSISTANCE MONITOR ABIGAIL POE AKRE, DIRECTOR

Security Assistance Monitor informs policymakers and the public in the U.S. and abroad about important trends in U.S. security and defense funding. LATIN AMERICA RIGHTS & SECURITY


The Latin America Rights and Security Program advocates policies that promote transparency, peace, respect for human rights and environmental sustainability. FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY COALITION PORTER MCCONNELL, DIRECTOR

The Financial Transparency Coalition is a global network of nongovernmental organizations and 12 partner nations working together to curb illicit financial flows and promote transparency in the international financial system. AVOIDED DEFORESTATION PARTNERS JEFF HOROWITZ, FOUNDER

Avoided Deforestation Partners is dedicated to advancing U.S. and international climate and energy policies that protect tropical forests.



DURING THE LATE 1970s, the Center for International Policy

lobbied for legislation to require the executive branch to consider a country’s human rights record before providing economic and military aid. Tom Harkin and Don Fraser, who were members of the House of Representatives and co-chairs of CIP’s board, were the principal human rights advocates in Congress. CIP staff, led by thenDirector Donald Ranard, a former senior Foreign Service Officer, identified 13 agencies that provided bilateral and multilateral aid to developing nations, much of it going to dictatorial governments. Ranard, as well as thenDeputy Director Bill Goodfellow and Research Director Jim Morrell, testified before multiple committees in Congress and succeeded in having human rights conditionally attached to every aid agency except the IMF. The legislation remains in effect today.


Jim Morrell, Bill Goodfellow


South Africa received a billion-dollar loan from the IMF, which was opposed by 68 member nations but supported by the Reagan administration. CIP launched a campaign to require the U.S. executive director at the IMF to oppose future loans to South Africa until white minority rule was ended. CIP staff argued that “structural rigidities in the labor market” i.e. apartheid, were the cause of South Africa’s economic woes, and until they were eliminated, the country should no longer be eligible for IMF support. The chair of the House Banking Committee agreed to

ELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF EN hold hearings, but refused to approve funding to bring in witnesses. So CIP paid to bring economists to Washington who convinced a majority of committee members to support the CIP-backed amendment. The legislation passed by a voice vote, was accepted by the Senate when the banking bill went to conference and was signed by the president. The law hastened the transition to majority rule.


Tom Harkin, Robert White, Oscar Arias

ALSO DURING THE 1980s, CIP staff promoted negotiations to

end wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador. CIP worked with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias and promoted the Arias/Esquipulas peace plan in the United States. CIP printed hundreds of thousands of illustrated “Arias Peace Plan Primers� that were distributed by peace activists nationwide and used in Congress. Bill Goodfellow attended every Central American summit meeting and spoke and published articles about the peace plan, which finally silenced the guns in Central America and earned President Arias the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. In 1989, CIP staff worked with UN negotiator Alvaro de Soto to implement the Arias/ Esquipulas agreement, including demobilizing the contras in Nicaragua. In 1989, Ambassador Robert White joined CIP to lead the effort to end the civil war in El Salvador.


s: The founders of CIP were veterans of the anti-Vietnam War movement. In 1978, CIP began a campaign to normalize relations with Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. CIP hired prominent journalists and academics to produce reports and articles making the case for normalization. CIP staff members traveled to Southeast Asia and were frequently called upon to give expert testimony before congressional committees. They secured bipartisan support for normalization, which got a critical boost when Senators John Kerry and John McCain joined forces to make the case for reengaging with Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Finally in the summer of 1995, President Bill Clinton signed legislation to normalize relations, which led to the opening of embassies and resolution of property claims.


Wayne Smith, Fidel Castro

2000s: Next CIP undertook a campaign to normalize relations with

Cuba. Wayne Smith, former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, directed CIP’s Cuba program. Smith took dozens of delegations of legislators, academics, business executives, meteorologists, conservationists and city planners to Cuba and sponsored visits by Cubans to the United States. CIP identified new constituencies to press for normalization to offset the political power of right-wing CubanAmerican organizations in Miami, in particular the Cuban-American National Foundation (CANF). Twice CIP was sued by CANF, which

S sought millions in damages for alleged slander. One lawsuit went all the way to the Florida Supreme Court, which ruled in CIP’s favor. In December 2014, 23 years after CIP launched its campaign, Smith and Goodfellow were in Havana when the U.S. and Cuba announced that the two nations would move to restore full diplomatic relations.



Porter McConnell

s: CIP serves as the neutral secretariat of the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC), which is directed by Porter McConnell and represents a new model of global activism. It is made up of 150 NGOs spanning five continents, plus 14 partner governments working together to curb illicit financial flows. In 2014, as a result of the FTC’s efforts, the 34 richest countries signed an agreement to share tax information with tax authorities in cooperating nations. This gamechanging development will make it much more difficult for super-rich individuals to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. In May 2015, the FTC scored another victory when a subcommittee of the European Parliament voted to require multinational corporations to publicly report financial information on a country-by-country level. If the full European Commission adopts country-by-country reporting this year, multinational corporations doing business in Europe will no longer be able to shift profits to offshore tax havens to avoid paying taxes in the countries in which they operate.


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