Robert Neumann

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According to Group Watch, Robert G. Neumann was one of the founders of the Afghanistan Relief Committee and, with T.L. Eliot, Jr., a vice president of the American Friends of Afghanistan (AFA). Neumann was "U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 1966-1973; ambassador to Morocco from 1973-1976; and to Saudi Arabia from 1981 to 1983.... [and] associated with the right-wing think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 1976 to 1981, serving as its vice president from 1980 to 1981. Since 1983 he has been director of Middle East Programs at CSIS where he worked with Michael Ledeen, a leading figure in the Iran-Contra affair. Neumann is also a member of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies and is vice chairman of the Moroccan-American Foundation--a group headed by Angier Biddle Duke. Duke, among other things is honorary chairman of the International Rescue Committee. Neumann is or was on the Committee for Afghanistan of AmeriCares and the American Friends of Afghanistan (AFA), another National Endowment for Democracy (NED)-funded group with an anticommunist political agenda conducting educational work inside of Afghanistan."[1]