Center for International Policy

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Center for International Policy (CIP) was "founded in 1975, in the wake of the Vietnam War, by former diplomats and peace activists. This mix of those from inside the government and those from outside by choice has shaped both our methodology and our agenda.

"The Center has led or played a vital role in an impressive number of citizens' initiatives. Working closely with allies in Congress, including two members who were to become the Center's co-chairs, Tom Harkin and Don Fraser, the Center campaigned to make sure that a government's human rights record became a factor in allocating foreign aid. In the 1980s the Center staff became the Washington advocates for Costa Rican president Oscar Arias's peace plan for Central America.

"In the 1990s the Center attracted a number of senior diplomats to its staff and expanded its agenda to include reform of the nation's intelligence agencies. We continued to play an important role in Central America's post-conflict reconciliation, the effort to end the counter-productive isolation of Cuba, and efforts to limit military assistance to the Western Hemisphere, especially Colombia.

"This work continues today, along with a robust program on security in south and northeast Asia, cutting-edge work on illegal financial flows, and a new effort to increase citizen participation in Central America."


"The Center for International Policy is proud to maintain a $3.8 million annual budget free of funding from the U.S. government, or any other government or political party. Supported only by individual donors and private foundations, the Center has stayed steadfastly true to its founding goals. [1]

Foundations supporting the Center's work in 2008 include:

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Board of Directors



1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 232-3317 Fax: (202) 232-3440
Email: cip AT

Related SourceWatch Resources


  1. About page, Center for International Policy, accessed April 2008.
  2. Staff, Center for International Policy, accessed April 2008.