Center for International Policy
The Center for International Policy, based in Washington, D.C. is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies in the mid-1970s and operating under the tax-exempt aegis of the Fund for Peace. CIP's bias was shown in its 1976 statement showing its opposition to all U.S.-supported opposition to Soviet aggression. The Center is affiliated with United for Peace and Justice.
As at March, 1982, one-half of CIP's 1982 $220,000 budget is derived from a $100,000 grant from the Reynolds Foundation and targeted to its Indochina Project, a successor to the former Indochina Resource Center which dissolved at the time Vietnamese spy David Truong was arrested. The project is completing a study of "yellow rain"-Soviet nerve gas supplied to Vietnamese forces and used in Cambodia. CIP has argued that a lack of U.S. recognition and aid to Vietnam, Laos and Vietnam-occupied Cambodia is "pushing these countries into the arms of the Soviet Union."
CIP's goal, according to the Zill report, is
- "to heal the wounds of war and to develop greater understanding between the U.S. and Southeast Asia; to promote an end to the economic embargo; and to work toward diplomatic recognition."
In January 1997 a four-day trip to Cuba was sponsored by the Washington-based Center for International Policy, which used more than $12,000 in MacArthur Foundation funds to take staffers of key Senate and House members on a mission aimed at educating Congress on the need for more dialogue with Cuba, said executive-director Bill Goodfellow.
"People on the Hill, you know, are afraid to say anything because they fear the political power of the Miami Cubans, particularly the Cuban American National Foundation, Goodfellow said.
"We are hardly enamored of the Castro government, he said. ``But we believe that we need political space, a soft landing and to have an easy transition you need to begin a dialogue and to educate people.
During the trip-which included Dick Day, a senior immigration committee adviser to Wisconsin Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican-congressional staff members met with Castro. Goodfellow called Castro ``a charmer, but I think all of them came away realizing what a joke the Cubans claim of having their own brand of democracy. 
"Questions of Racial Identity, Racism, and Anti-Racist Policies in Cuba Today"
June 2011, Elizabeth Newhouse summarizes an all-day conference hosted by CIP that explored the notion and implications of racism and racial identity in Cuba as the Afro-Cuban population struggles with widespread discrimination. When Castro seized power in 1959, he declared Cuba a "raceless" society under the Communist project; however, socioeconomic disparities on racial lines remain clear. Once considered taboo, discussions on race are becoming more prevalent in Cuba with the creation of National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) "Cuban Color" working groups and other race-related government organizations committed to dismantling barriers.
"The United States and Cuba share a common challenge. Both have black minority populations and thus residual traces of racism; both must focus on how to eliminate these inconsistencies," said Wayne Smith, director of the Cuba Project at the Center for International Policy.
To Smith, the conference's primary goal was to understand "how the Cubans are approaching the problem, with some commentary on its approach from the American perspective." The participants discussed the implications of race on the Cuban nation, Afro-Cuban initiatives striving for racial equality, and the effect on these issues on U.S.-Cuban relations.
Conference panelists included Wayne Smith; James Early, Smithsonian Center of Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Esteban Morales, Center for the Study of U.S.-Cuban Relations; Heriberto Feraudy, Cuban Commission against Racism; Julia Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations; and Philip Brenner, American University. Emira Woods of the Institute of Policy Studies, Mwiza Munthali of TransAfrica Forum, and Sarah Stephens of the Center for Democracy in the Americas moderated the panels.
Esteban Morales underscored the importance of race in today’s political discourse: "The topic of race is intimately connected with others, such as the economy, human rights, inequality and social justice. Avoiding the topic for so long has been a serious risk for the solid unity of the Cuban nation because national unity must be achieved by the construction of consensus among civil society."
By addressing these issues at the conference, James Early believes that the conference ultimately "supports the positive efforts of the Cuban people and the government to advance the interrelated goals of social equality, political and cultural democracy, and economic development.
The following were staff of the Center as at 1976:
- Donald L. Ranard, a 30-year career State Department official who had been director of the Office of Korean Affairs at the time of his retirement and is an opponent of South Korea
- Lindsay Mattison, formerly with Business Executives Move for Peace in Vietnam and the Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy
- Carl M. Marcy, for 20 years chief of staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then a legislative counsel at the State Department
- William Goodfellow, then director of research of the pro-Hanoi Indochina Resource Center and board member of the Campaign for a Democratic Foreign Policy
- James Morrell, a founder of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars and staffer of the Indochina Resource Center
- Mary K. Lynch
- Warren Unna, a Washington Post reporter for 18 years
- Susan Weber, a former copy editor of Soviet Life, an official propaganda publication of the Soviet Union whose American staff, working from the Soviet Embassy are individually registered as Soviet agents under the provisions of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and then manager of the Institute for Policy Studies' publication, The Elements.
As at 1976, CIP's consultants included:
- David Aaron, aide to Senator Walter Mondale and staffer of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Carter Transition Team liaison to the National Security Council and Carter Assistant National Security Advisor
- Richard Barnet, IPS cofounder
- Tom Dine, Senior Analyst for Defense and International Affairs of the Senate Budget Committee
- Richard Falk, International Association of Democratic Lawyers activist, participant in the World Peace Council's 1969 Stockholm Conference on Vietnam, and a leader of the Lawyers Committee on U.S. Policy toward Vietnam
- Anthony Lake, later a top Carter State Department official
- William G. Miller, Senate Intelligence Committee staff director
- Joseph Nye, later the Carter State Department official responsible for policy on exports of nuclear power technology to the Third World
- Murray Woldman, staff consultant of Members of Congress for Peace through Law.
1980 Board of Advisors
Board of Advisors
- Donald M. Fraser - Chairman, mayor of Minneapolis
- Thomas R. Asher - Lawyer, Washington DC
- William Attwood - Former President and Publisher, Newsday
- Peggy Billings - Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church
- Joel I. Brooke - Trustee Fund for Peace
- William J. Butler - Chairman, Executive Committee, International Commission of Jurists
- Benjamin V. Cohen - Former Presidential Advisor
- Jerome Cohen - Director of East Asia Legal studies, Harvard Law School
- Adrian W. DeWind - Lawyer, New York City
- Richard Falk - Professor, Princeton University
- Arthur Goldberg - Former Supreme Court Justice and Ambassador to the U.N.
- Tom Harkin - Member of Congress
- Philip C. Jessup - Former U.S. Member of the international Court of Justice
- Philip Johnson - Former President Council for Religion and International Affairs
- Leon Keyserling - Former Chairman, Economic Advisory Council
- Wassily Leontiev - Economist Laureate, New York University
- Sally Lilienthal - Sculptor, San Francisco
- Stewart Mott - Trustee, Fund for Peace
- Maurine Rothschild - Trustee Fund for Peace
- Edward Snyder - Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Susan Weyerhaeuser - Trustee Fund for Peace
- Abraham Wilson - Lawyer, New York City
- Charles W. Yost - Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Board of Advisors
- Tom Asher (husband of Carter ACTIONNISTA assistant director Margery Tabankin);
- William Attwood, president and publisher, Newsday, former U.S. ambassador
- Joel I. Brooke, retired partner, Elmo Roper & Associates
- Harlan Cleveland, former Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs, former U.S. ambassador
- Benjamin V. Cohen, former adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt
- Adrian W. DeWind, former legislative counsel, U.S. Treasury
- Arthur J. Goldberg, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice and UN ambassador
- Phillip C. Jessup, former U.S. member of the International Court of Justice
- Leon H. Keyserling, former chairman of the Economic Advisory Council, more recently active with IPS and its offshoots and with the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee
- Wassily Leontief, Nobel laureate in economics
- Orlando Letelier, then director of the IPS Transnational Institute, former Allende government U.S. ambassador and defense minister, Soviet agent and source for the Senate Intelligence Committee
- Carl M. Marcy
- Edwin M. Martin, former U.S. ambassador and U.S. representative to the World Food Conference
- Malcolm C. Moos, president emeritus, University of Minnesota
- Stewart R. Mott; Joseph Palmer II, former Director General of the Foreign Service
- Stephen R. Paschke, treasurer, Fund for Peace
- Chester Ronning, former Canadian ambassador
- Terry Sanford, president, Duke University and former governor of North Carolina
- Edward Snyder, executive secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Harrison M. Symmes, president, Wyndham College, former U.S. ambassador
- Barbara Watson, former administrator, Bureau of Security and Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State (who headed that bureau in the Carter Administration)
- William Watts, president, Potomac Associates, former staff secretary, National Security Council
- Susan Weyerhauser, trustee, FFP
- Abraham Wilson, partner, Kadel, Wilson and Potts
- Charles W. Yost, senior fellow, Brookings Institution, former U.S. deputy representative to the UN
Call on Congress to End Travel Restrictions to Cuba
On February 8, 2002, the Center for International Policy issued a press release entitled "On Eve of Senate Hearing 50 Prominent Groups and Individuals Call on Congress to End Travel Restrictions to Cuba". Wayne Smith and Anya Landau were listed as contact persons at the bottom of the release.
The release read in part,
- "We the undersigned urge the United States Congress to enact legislation to remove all controls on travel to Cuba. Under our democratic system, Americans have a constitutional right to travel where they wish. Not only is it their right, but it is also an article of faith that their travel helps to carry abroad American values and spread the message of our democracy. In the case of Cuba, however, the U.S. Government puts all that aside and opts instead for the kind of travel controls usually imposed by authoritarian governments. These controls ignore international standards of freedom of movement (exactly what we accuse the Cuban government of doing). They violate Article 12 of the United Nation’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And even under U.S. law, the legal bases for the controls strain credulity."
The following were signatories to the release:
- George McGovern, Former U.S. Senator from South Dakota
- Scotty Baesler, Former U.S. Congressman from Kentucky
- Tom Cooper, President, Gulfstream International Airlines, Dania, FL
- Hilda Diaz, President, Marazul Charters, Inc.
- Tessie Aral, Vice President, ABC Charters Inc., Miami, FL
- Xiomara Almaguer, Executive Director, XAEL Charter, Inc.
- The American Society of Travel Agents, Alexandria, VA
- Alfredo Duran, President, Cuban Committee for Democracy, Miami, FL
- Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, Cambio Cubano, Miami, FL
- Silvia Wilhelm, Puentes Cubanos, Inc., Miami, FL
- Elena Freyre, Executive Director, Cuban American Defense League, Miami, FL
- Francisco Aruca, Radio Progreso, Miami, FL
- Nancy Chang, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York City, NY
- Albert A. Fox, Jr., President, Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy
- Peter Bourne, Vice Chancellor, St. George's University, Grenada
- Wayne S. Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy, Washington, D.C.
- Sandra Levinson, Executive Director, Center for Cuban Studies, New York City, NY
- Lissa Weinmann, World Policy Institute, Cuba Education Project, New York City, NY
- Geoff Thale, Senior Associatem Washington Office on Latin America, Washington, D.C.
- Pam Montanaro, Global Exchange, San Francisco, CA
- John I. Gilderbloom, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sustainable Urban Networks (Cubanow.org), Louisville, KY
- John McAulliff, Executive Director, Fund for Reconciliation and Development, New York City, NY
- Alex Lopez, Interplanner, Washington, D.C.
- Katherine Hoyt, National Coordinatorm, Nicaragua Network, Washington, D.C.
- John Gilman, Director, Wisconsin Committee for Peace and Justice, Milwaukee, WI- longtime member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and leader of their "peace fronts" including the U.S. Peace Council (USPC), a Soviet asset operation. He was identified in the "World Peace Council" "List of Members, 1977-1980" as "Leader, Milwaukee Coalition for Peace and Justice, an affiliate of the CPUSA-created and dominated Peoples Coalition for Peace & Justice (PCPJ) of the Vietnam war/Hanoi Lobby period
- The Share Foundation, San Francisco, CA
- Rev. Elenora Giddings Ivory, Director, Washington Office, Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
- Eddie Levy, President, Jewish Solidarity, Miami, FL
- David Moczulski, OFM, Executive Director, Franciscan Washington Office for Latin America, Washington, D.C.
- Kathy Thorton, National Coordinator, NETWORK, National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Washington, D.C.
- Dr. Valora Washington, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Cambridge, MA
- Alberto R. Coll, Newport, RI
- Rubén G. Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
- Prof. Nelson P. Valdes, Sociology Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Dr. William M. LeoGrande, Professor of Political Science, Department of Government, American University - a longtime supporter of Castro's Cuba going back to the CPUSA-dominated "Congressional Conference on Cuba" in 1974
- Julio Vernon Ruiz, M.D., Cuban American Geriatric Educational Foundation, New York City, NY
- Dr. Juan Reardon, USA/Cuba Infomed
- William Gudex, Editor, U.S. Farm News, Campbellsport, WI
- Cindi Roberts-Hall, CUBAmistad – Bloomington (Indiana) - Santa Clara Sister City
- Tina Phillips, Brunswick (Maine) - Trinidad Sister City Association
- Margaret Lynch, Cambridge (Massachusetts) - Cuba Sister City Project
- Peter Honerkamp, East Hampton (New York) - La Playa Sister Cities Association
- Arnold Trujillo, Las Vegas (New Mexico) - Cuba Sister City Group
- Ricardo Gonzalez, Madison (Wisconsin) - Camaguey Sister Cities Association
- Arthur Heitzer, Milwaukee (Wisconsin) - Nuevitas Sister City
- Randy Poindexter, New Orleans (Louisiana) - Mariel Sister City Association
- James Sweet, Oakland (California) - Santiago de Cuba Sister City Association
- Christina Alvarez, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) - Cardenas Sister City Initiative
- Lisa Valanti, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) - Matanzas Sister Cities Association
- Sharon Woods, Richmond (California) - Regla Sister City Committee
- Dr. Rodney Peffer, San Diego (California) - Cuba Sister City Association
- Melinda Rector, Seattle (Washington) - Granma Sister Cities Association
- Michael Canney, St. Petersburg (Florida)- Guantanamo Sister City Association
- Dr. Ana Marie Sierra, Tacoma (Washington) - Cienfuegos Sister City Committee
- The War Called Peace: Glossary, published 1982
- The Miami Herald January 14, 1997, Congressional travelers are attracted to Cuba, CAROL ROSENBERG
- CIP, Questions of Racial Identity, Racism, and Anti-Racist Policies in Cuba Today June 27, 2011 | Conference ReportBy Elizabeth Newhouse
- Center for International Policy letterhead, April 11, 1980
- Foros website: "On Eve of Senate Hearing 50 Prominent Groups and Individuals Call on Congress to End Travel Restrictions to Cuba", May 25, 2002 (accessed on Nov. 17, 2010)