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GroupWatch Archive

The profiles included on this page were produced by the International Relations Center as part of its GroupWatch initiative, which operated during the period 1985-1991.

Christian Anti-Communism Crusade


America’s Development Foundation


Council for Inter-American Security


Afghanistan Relief Committee


Christian Broadcasting Network


Center for Democracy


United States Council for World Freedom


World Anti-Communist League


United States Institute of Peace


World Freedom Foundation


Conservative Caucus


Moral Majority


Citizens for America


American Freedom Coalition


International Christian Embassy Jerusalem


International Foundation for Electoral Systems


International Rescue Committee, Inc.


Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies


League for Industrial Democracy


Social Democrats, USA


Council for the Defense of Freedom


National Defense Council Foundation


Coalition for a Democratic Majority


Council on Foreign Relations


Center for Strategic and International Studies


Free Trade Union Institute


Nicaraguan Freedom Fund


A. Philip Randolph Institute


Accuracy In Media


Committee for the Free World


Committee on the Present Danger


Eagle Forum


Opus Dei/Work of God


Unification Church


Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America


Far East Broadcasting Company


Puebla Institute


Friends of the Americas


Western Goals Foundation


Thomas A. Dooley Foundation-Intermed-USA, Inc.

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Featured Profiles

Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.


Ilan Berman is vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, a think tank that promotes hawkish security polices and appears to be closely associated with the U.S. “Israel Lobby.”


Randal Fort, an assistant secretary for intelligence and research in the State Department during the second term of George W. Bush’s presidency, is director at the Raytheon Corporation.


Robert Kagan, a cofounder of the Project for the New American Century, is a neoconservative policy pundit and historian based at the Brookings Institution.


A neoconservative pundit and former federal prosecutor, McCarthy argues that Islam is inherently radical and thus a threat to the United States.


Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO), a stalwart advocate of Pentagon spending now based at the right-wing Heritage Foundation, says he would have voted for the Iraq War even if he had known the Bush administration’s claims about WMDs were false.


Michael Ledeen, a “Freedom Scholar” at the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies, has long been obsessed with getting the U.S. to force regime change in Tehran.


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In minimizing U.S. resort to violence, President Obama has brought conflict resolution to the Oval Office.


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From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades.


We need a peaceful international environment to rebuild our country. To achieve this, we must erase our strategy deficit. To do that, the next administration must fix the broken policymaking apparatus in Washington.


A recent “open-letter” to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and signed by a diverse group of U.S. foreign policy figures highlights neoconservative efforts to gain respectability within the foreign-policy establishment by persuading prominent experts to sign on to letters they circulate around Washington on specific issues of concern to them.


Polls Indicate that Iranian public is losing confidence that the United States will abide by the terms of the landmark nuclear deal.


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