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The International Crisis Group (ICG) is an "independent, non-profit, multinational organisation, with 100 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict."

"ICG's international headquarters are in Brussels, with advocacy offices in Washington DC, New York, Moscow and London. The organisation currently operates seventeen field offices (in Amman, Belgrade, Bogota, Dakar, Dushanbe, Islamabad, Jakarta, Kabul, Nairobi, Osh, Pretoria, Pristina, Quito, Sarajevo, Skopje and Tbilisi) with analysts working in over 40 crisis-affected countries and territories across four continents."

"In Africa, those countries include Angola, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe; in Asia, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan; in Europe, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia; in the Middle East, the whole region from North Africa to Iran; and in Latin America and the Caribbean, Colombia and the Andean region and Haiti."

From 1993-98 Lynne A. Davidson as Senior Associate for Human Rights and Special Assistant to Ambassador Morton I. Abramowitz, ... she helped to shape the original proposal for the International Crisis Group". [1]

Anne Richard was part of the team that created the ICG.[2]

On 12 March 2009 the Co-Chairs of the Board of the International Crisis Group, Lord Patten of Barnes and Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, announced that the Honourable Louise Arbour has been selected to be the organisation’s next President and CEO. "She will be formally confirmed by Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees at its meeting in Washington DC in April 2009 and take up the position in July." [3]


"ICG raises funds from governments, charitable foundations, companies and individual donors. The following governments currently provide funding: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of China (Taiwan), Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States."

Foundation and private sector donors include

President’s Council in 2008

This exclusive Council welcomes donors contributing US$100,000 or more annually:

ICG Board

"The ICG Board - which includes prominent figures from the fields of politics, diplomacy, business and the media - is directly involved in helping to bring ICG reports and recommendations to the attention of senior policy-makers around the world. ICG is chaired by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari; and its President and Chief Executive since January 2000 has been former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans. Former Congressman Stephen Solarz and Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce Maria Livanos Cattaui used to serve as the ICG Vice-Chairmen.

Current leaders (as of April 2009):

  • Lord Christopher Patten - Co-Chair, Crisis Group, Former European Commissioner for External Relations, Governor of Hong Kong and UK Cabinet Minister; Chancellor of Oxford University
  • Thomas R. Pickering - Co-Chair, Crisis Group; Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria; Vice Chairman of Hills & Company
  • Gareth Evans - President & CEO, Former Foreign Minister of Australia

Executive Committee

Accessed April 2009: [5]

  • Morton Abramowitz - Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey
  • Emma Bonino - Vice Chair - Former Italian Minister of International Trade and European Affairs and European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid
  • Cheryl Carolus - Former South African High Commissioner to the UK and Secretary-General of the ANC
  • Maria Livanos Cattaui - Former Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Yoichi Funabashi - Editor-in-Chief & Columnist, The Asahi Shimbun, Japan
  • Frank Giustra - Chairman, Endeavour Financial, Canada
  • Stephen Solarz - Former U.S. Congressman
  • George Soros - Chairman, Open Society Institute
  • Par Stenback - Former Foreign Minister of Finland

U.S. Board Members


Executive Committee


Chairmen Emeritus



International Advisory Board

"Our International Advisory Board comprises key individual and corporate benefactors of Crisis Group. We are deeply grateful for their combination of financial support and advice. Further information on how to become a member of this group, and the benefits of membership, can be found here. Rita E. Hauser (Chair), Marc Abramowitz, Anglo American PLC, APCO Worldwide Inc., Patrick E. Benzie, BHP Billiton, Harry Bookey and Pamela Bass-Bookey, John Chapman Chester, Chevron, Peter Corcoran, Credit Suisse Group/Credit Suisse First Boston, John Ehara Equinox Partners, Dr. Konrad Fischer, Iara Lee & George Gund III Foundation, JP Morgan Global Foreign Exchange and Commodities, George Kellner, George Loening, Douglas Makepeace, Anna Luisa Ponti, Quantm, Michael L. Riordan, Sarlo Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, Baron Ullens de Schooten, Stanley Weiss, Tilleke & Gibbins, Westfield Group, Don Xia, Yasuyo Yamazaki, Sunny Yoon." [5]

International Advisory Council in 2008 Supporters who contribute between US$25,000 and $99,999 per annum are invited to join the International Advisory Council: [8]

Senior Advisors (2008) [9]

Op Eds


Advocacy Offices

Brussels Office (Headquarters)
149 Avenue Louise
Level 24
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32-2-502 90 38
Fax: +32-2-502 50 38
Email: webform link

New York Office
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 2640
New York, New York 10170, United States
Tel: +1-212-813-0820
Fax: +1-212-813-0825
Email: webform link

Washington Office
1629 K Street NW, Suite 450
Washington DC 20006, United States
Tel: +1-202-785-1601
Fax: +1-202-785-1630
Email: webform link

London Office
48 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8LT, United Kingdom
Tel: +44-20-7831-1436
Fax: +44-20-7031-0231
Email: webform link

Moscow Office
ul. Fadeeva 6-1-32
Moscow 125047, Russia 
Tel/Fax: +7-095-251-4485
Email: webform link



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


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  3. Louise Arbour Selected as Next President of Crisis Group, International Crisis Group, accessed April 7, 2009.
  4. 2009 Annual Report, International Crisis Group, accessed April 20, 2009.
  5. Crisis Group's Board, International Crisis Group, accessed April 7, 2009.
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  8. 2009 Annual Report, International Crisis Group, accessed April 20, 2009.
  9. 2009 Annual Report, International Crisis Group, accessed April 20, 2009.