Grantee: International Crisis Group
Ranking: 17th highest grantee, 2005 — 2009
Issue: Conflict Resolution
About: The International Crisis Group, headquartered in Brussels, bills itself as “an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.” Founded in 1995, the international NGO “publishes annually over 80 reports and briefing papers, as well as the CrisisWatch bulletin assessing every month the current state of play in some 70 countries or areas of actual or potential conflict.”
Mission Statement: We are generally seen as playing a major role in six main ways:
ringing early warning alarm bells, in the monthly CrisisWatch bulletin, and in specific ‘conflict alerts’ . . .
contributing, on both process and substance, behind the scenes support and advice to critical peace negotiations . . .
producing highly detailed analysis and advice on specific policy issues in scores of conflict or potential conflict situations around the world, helping policymakers in the UN Security Council, regional organisations, donor countries and others with major influence, and in the countries at risk themselves, do better in preventing, managing and resolving conflict, and in rebuilding after it . . .
providing detailed information unobtainable elsewhere on developments regarding conflict, mass violence and terrorism of particular utility to policymakers . . .
offering new strategic thinking on some of the world’s most intractable conflicts and crises, challenging or refining prevailing wisdom . . .
strongly supporting a rules-based, rather than force-based, international order, in particular significantly influencing UN resolutions and institutional structures in relation to the new international norm of the ‘responsibility to protect’.
Soros Funding: Soros, a long-time member of the ICG’s board, made the following remarks about the group in 2003: “My support of the ICG is part of a larger strategy. I believe in crisis prevention and crisis resolution. I have developed what I call the Soros doctrine — preventive action of a constructive nature which I juxtapose to the Bush doctrine of preemptive action of a military nature . . . I am the member of a well-balanced board which has such people on it as Richard Perle and Richard Allen. I do have some influence on the subjects which are selected for study.
The ICG first made a name for itself in the Balkans and it was their success there that induced me to offer my challenge grant. The ICG now covers most of the trouble spots of the world, and there are many of them, and it has made a valuable contribution to resolving some of them. I am thinking in particular of the reports on Liberia and the whole western African region, the report on the Palestinian question which I think makes more sense than the roadmap.
Louise Arbour, President & Chief Executive Officer — Louise Arbour has served as President & CEO of the International Crisis Group since July 2009. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 to 2008, Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda
Nick Grono, Deputy President & Chief Operating Officer
Board of Directors Executive Committee:
Thomas R Pickering, Chair, Crisis Group, Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria; Vice Chairman of Hills & Company
Louise Arbour, President & CEO
Morton Abramowitz, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey
Cheryl Carolus, Former South African High Commissioner to the UK and Secretary General of the ANC
Maria Livanos Cattaui, Member of the Board, Petroplus Holdings, Switzerland
Yoichi Funabashi, Journalist and Former Editor-in-Chief of the The Asahi Shimbun, Japan
Frank Giustra, CEO, Fiore Capital Corporation
Ghassan Salamé, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po
George Soros, Chairman, Open Society Institute
Pär Stenbäck, Former Foreign Minister of Finland
Board of Directors:
Adnan Abu-Odeh, Former Political Adviser to King Abdullah II and to King Hussein, and Jordan Permanent Representative to the UN
Kenneth Adelman, Former U.S. Ambassador and Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Nobel Peace Prize (2001)
Nahum Barnea, Chief Columnist for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel
Samuel Berger, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group LLC; Former U.S. National Security Advisor
Emma Bonino, Vice President of the Senate; Former Minister of International Trade and European Affairs of Italy and European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid
Wesley Clark, Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
Toni Stabile, Professor of Practice in Investigative Journalism; Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University, U.S.
Jan Egeland, Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs; Former UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Mohamed El Baradei, Mr. ElBaradei suspended his membership from the Board of Crisis Group concurrent with his January 2011 return to Egypt. Director-General Emeritus, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Nobel Peace Prize (2005)
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Former Foreign Minister of Denmark
Gareth Evans, President Emeritus of Crisis Group; Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia
Mark Eyskens, Former Prime Minister of Belgium
Joshua Fink, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Enso Capital Management LLC
Joschka Fischer, Former Foreign Minister of Germany
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Arnold Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University; Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
Carla Hills, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and U.S. Trade Representative
Lena Hjelm-Wallén, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Sweden
Swanee Hunt, Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria; Chair, Institute for Inclusive Security and President, Hunt Alternatives Fund
Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Founder, Celtel International
Igor Ivanov, Former Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation
Asma Jahangir, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan; Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Religion or Belief
Wim Kok, Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Ricardo Lagos, Former President of Chile
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, Former International Secretary of International PEN; Novelist and journalist, U.S.
Lord (Mark) Malloch-Brown, Former Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and UN Deputy Secretary-General
Lalit Mansingh, Former Foreign Secretary of India, Ambassador to the U.S. and High Commissioner to the UK
Jessica Tuchman Mathews, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, U.S.
Benjamin Mkapa, Former President of Tanzania
Moisés Naím, Senior Associate, International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Ayo Obe, Legal Practitioner, Lagos, Nigeria
Paul Reynolds, President and CEO, Canaccord Financial Inc.; Vice-Chair, Global Head of Canaccord Genuity
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