About the Center for International Policy

The Center for International Policy – www.ciponline.org

Promoting a U.S. foreign policy based on international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for basic human rights

Plan Colombia and Beyond is produced by the Center for International Policy’s Latin America Demilitarization Project, which includes CIP’s Colombia Program and – together with the Latin America Working Group Education Fund and the Washington Office on Latin America – the “Just the Facts” regional military assistance-monitoring database.

The Center for International Policy 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 nuclear proliferation in south and east Asia, cutting-edge work on illegal financial flows, and a new effort to promote environmental protection and increase citizen participation in Central America.