Albert Einstein Institution

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The AEI on Cottage Street in East Boston.
FounderGene Sharp
HeadquartersBoston, Massachusetts, United States
Interestsregime change, colour revolution, “Arab Spring”, Myanmar, Orange Revolution, Otpor!
Interest ofGene Sharp
Sponsored byFord Foundation, International Republican Institute, National Endowment for Democracy, Open Society Foundations
Membership• Stephen Crawford
• Edward Atkeson
• Robert Helvey
• Thomas Schelling
• Hans Binnendijk
• Edward Atkeson
• James Farmer
• Gene La Rocque
• Adam Robert
• William Spencer
• David Szanton
• William L. Ury
Spooky think tank specializing in the study of "nonviolence as a form of warfare." Has nothing to do with pacifism: "It is all about seizing political power or denying it to others".

The Albert Einstein Institution (AEI) is a non-profit organization specializing in the study of "nonviolence as a form of warfare."[1] It was founded by Gene Sharp in 1983.

Although the Institution has appropriated the name of the physicist and peace advocate Albert Einstein, it has no connection to him.

AEI has played a key role in training and deploying youth movements around the world to help prepare the conditions for coups through fostering the impression that the targeted governments are deeply unpopular, and through destabilizing those governments through their demonstrations and the like. The group, which is funded by the Soros foundations and the US government[2], is led by former DIA officer Colonel Robert Helvey, and Harvard University's Dr. Gene Sharp.[3]

Defense Intelligence College

In 1989, the Institution's own magazine reported:

The School of Attachés of the U.S. Defense Intelligence College has ordered 240 copies of Gene Sharp’s three-volume work, The Politics of Nonviolent Action, for use during the 1989-1990 academic year, according to the book’s publisher, Porter Sargent, in Boston. Stephen Crawford, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution, welcomed the news. "We’re encouraged by this development. It’s another sign that interest in the theory and practice of nonviolent struggle is growing in diverse circles," Crawford said. The increased attention being given to this phenomenon by various military and government officials, political opposition figures, and social scientists is, in part, a result of research seminars organized by the Program on Nonviolent Sanctions at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. The Albert Einstein Institution provides the financial support for this program.[4]


The Institution is full of spooky characters with ties to the military.

  • Colonel Robert Helvey "was an officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency of the Pentagon, who had served in Vietnam and, subsequently, as the US Defence Attache in Yangon, Myanmar (1983 to 85), during which he clandestinely organised the Myanmarese students to work behind Aung San Suu Kyi and in collaboration with Bo Mya's Karen insurgent group. . . . He also trained in Hong Kong the student leaders from Beijing in mass demonstration techniques which they were to subsequently use in the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989" and "is now believed to be acting as an adviser to the Falun Gong, the religious sect of China, in similar civil disobedience techniques." Colonel Helvey nominally retired from the army in 1991, but had been working with Albert Einstein and Soros long before then."[1] Helvey wrote that:

the presentation by Gene Sharp, leader of the center’s Program on Nonviolent Sanctions and founder of the Albert Einstein Institution, surprised him—by making clear that nonviolent struggle had nothing to do with pacifism. "It is all about seizing political power or denying it to others," said Helvey, who soon became a believer.[5]

Board of Advisors in 1990-1992


An example

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Related Quotation

Audrius Butkevičius“If I had to choose between the atom bomb and Dr. Sharp’s book, I would choose this book.”Audrius Butkevičius1991


Known members

3 of the 11 of the members already have pages here:

Hans BinnendijkDutch born academic and US deep state functionary, a member of Atlantic Council and RAND corporation, deeply involved with NATO.
Robert HelveyA "retired" US spook specializing in mass demonstration techniques as part of regime changes. Albert Einstein Institution.
Thomas SchellingUS academic who coined the phrase "collateral damage" in 1961.



Ford FoundationIn addition to its own billionaire agenda, also known to have been $$$ middleman for covert CIA funding.
International Republican InstituteHas been tied to many covert plans to install US-favored governments. Will promote "free, fair, transparent democratic elections", but in such a way that it assures that power goes to the elites and not to the people.
National Endowment for DemocracyThe "traditional intermediary of the CIA", promoting the US "national interest" abroad by financing groups and individuals.
Open Society FoundationsA NGO operating in more countries than McDonald's. It has the tendency to support politicians (at times through astroturfing) and activists that get branded as "extreme left" as its founder is billionaire and bane of the pound George Soros. This polarizing perspective causes the abnormal influence of the OSF to go somewhat unanswered.


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