Institute for War and Peace Reporting

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FormationOctober 1950
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Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) claims to be an "independent not-for profit organisation that works with media and civil society to promote positive change in conflict zones, closed societies and countries in transition around the world." In reality, it is a tool for the US government, financed through cutouts like NED and the Soros Foundations (see 'list of partners' below), to influence international perceptions, propagandize the local population in targeted countries and create networks of regime change activists. It runs programs in more than 30 countries, in places as diverse as Syria, Cuba, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Iraq, the Balkans, Sudan, and Uganda.

It has coordinating offices in the Washington and the Amsterdam, and a global headquarters in London. IWPR supports local reporters, citizen journalists and civil society activists in countries in conflict, crisis and transition around the world, ie places where Washington has a foreign policy objective.

Notable participants

  • Zaina Erhaim – Syria project coordinator for IWPR in Turkey. Working with print, TV and film, she has reported on the Syrian civil war from within Syria, and has trained hundreds of people whilst in Syria to be citizen reporters, notably a large proportion of them women.
  • Malala Yousafzai participated in the "Open Minds" project, which brought journalism training and discussions of current affairs to 42 schools in Pakistan. The program also edited their work and put them in touch with local newspapers.

Untimely deaths of members

On October 18, 2015, the IWPR acting Iraq director, Jacqueline Anne Sutton (a.k.a. Jacky Sutton), age 50, was found hanged in a bathroom stall of Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport. She had been on her way to Irbil.[1]


IWPR is an international network of three partner not-for-profit organisations governed by a board of trustees composed of senior journalists, peace-building and human rights experts, regional specialists, and business and NGO professionals. All Members serve on the IWPR International Board, to provide strategic, guidance, issues and regional expertise, development and outreach assistance, and direct support.

International Board Members[2]

Full article: Institute for War and Peace Reporting/Board

Sir David Bell

International Chairman of the Board; Former Chair of Pearson Plc and The Financial Times Ralph H. Isham

United States Board Chair; Founder and Managing Director, GH Venture Partners Adrienne van Heteren

Netherlands Board Chair; Co-founder & Director, Small Media Foundation Anthony Borden

IWPR Executive Director

Chris Canavan

Director of Global Policy Development, Soros Fund Management

Richard Caplan

Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford

Lorne Craner

Founder, Redstone Global; Former Asst. Sec. of State for Democracy, Human Rights & Labor Janine di Giovanni

Senior Fellow at Yale University, the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Simon Hersom

Consultant, Value Retail Plc Michael Immordino

Partner at White & Case

Ralph H. Isham

United States Board Chair; Founder and Managing Director, GH Venture Partners Stephen Jukes

Dean of the Media School, Bournemouth University

Christina Lamb

Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Sunday Times Scott Malcomson

International Security Fellow at New America, Media Fellow at Carnegie Corporation

George Packer

Author & Staff Writer, The New Yorker� Zoran Pajić

Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor of the Financial Times Christian Toksvig

Media Outreach & Communications Consultant�

Ramsey Walker

Senior Vice President, Jordan Park

Executive Management Team

Anthony Borden IWPR Executive Director

Alan Davis Asia & Eurasia Director

Bill O'Callaghan US Director of Finance

Tanya Hassan Development Director

Michele Zeller Global HR Director

Seth Meixner MENA Programme Regional Director

IWPR Strategic Partners[3]

   Albany Associates
   American Bar Association
   BBC Media Action
   International Media Support
   City University, London
   Deutche Welle Akademie
   East West Management Institute
   Frontline Club
   Hivos, The Netherlands
   Hostile Environment Training Ltd
   Human Rights Watch
   International Republican Institute
   International Crisis Group
   Kurt Schork Foundation
   National Democratic Institute
   National Endowment for Democracy
   Marie Colvin Foundation
   Partners for Democratic Change
   Thomson Foundation
   University of Arizona