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The '''British-American Project''' (BAP) is a transatlantic fellowship of over 1,200 leaders and opinion formers from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds and political views. The purpose of the network is to create a cadre of reliably pro-American British politicians.
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The '''British-American Project''' (BAP) is a transatlantic fellowship of over 1,200 leaders and opinion formers from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds and political views. The purpose of the network is to groom a cadre of reliably pro-American British politicians, especially on the left side in politics.
  
 
[[BAP]] operates on a not-for-profit basis, funded through its membership and support from corporate partners. It was originally named the [[British-American Project for the Successor Generation]].<ref>''[http://www.baponline.org/historyp2.html "History of the Project"]''</ref>
 
[[BAP]] operates on a not-for-profit basis, funded through its membership and support from corporate partners. It was originally named the [[British-American Project for the Successor Generation]].<ref>''[http://www.baponline.org/historyp2.html "History of the Project"]''</ref>
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The leftwing journalist [[John Pilger]], who has been uncovering American manipulation of other countries' politics for decades, has described BAP as a "casual freemasonry" and "by far the most influential transatlantic network of politicians, journalists and academics".  
 
The leftwing journalist [[John Pilger]], who has been uncovering American manipulation of other countries' politics for decades, has described BAP as a "casual freemasonry" and "by far the most influential transatlantic network of politicians, journalists and academics".  
  
The historian Frances Stonor Saunders, who has written extensively about the American use of earlier, similar networks to influence western opinion during the cold war, sees close parallels with BAP: "All that's changed is that BAP are much more sophisticated."  
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The historian [[Frances Stonor Saunders]], who has written extensively about the American use of earlier, similar networks to influence western opinion during the cold war, sees close parallels with BAP: "All that's changed is that BAP are much more sophisticated."  
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Member Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said: ""The amount of drink, the way you were treated, the dinners with everyone who was anyone..... It was money that I'd never seen at any conference before. We [the participants] used to joke, 'This is obviously funded by the CIA.'" 
  
 
BAP-member Martin Vander Weyer admitted: "The British membership is quite a concentrated elite," he admits. "There was a stage where ... a lot of the people who emerged as part of the [[New Labour]] leadership group happened - and I say happened, because it is partly chance - to be members of BAP ...<ref>''[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/nov/06/usa.politics1 "Friends in high places"]''</ref>   
 
BAP-member Martin Vander Weyer admitted: "The British membership is quite a concentrated elite," he admits. "There was a stage where ... a lot of the people who emerged as part of the [[New Labour]] leadership group happened - and I say happened, because it is partly chance - to be members of BAP ...<ref>''[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/nov/06/usa.politics1 "Friends in high places"]''</ref>   
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==British members==
 
==British members==
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*[[Peter Mandelson]] EU trade commissioner
 
*[[Peter Mandelson]] EU trade commissioner
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*[[Jonathan Powell]] [[Tony Blair]]'s chief of staff
 
*[[Jonathan Powell]] [[Tony Blair]]'s chief of staff
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*[[Jeremy Paxman]] broadcast journalist and author
 
*[[Jeremy Paxman]] broadcast journalist and author
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*[[Mo Mowlam]] former Labour Northern Ireland secretary
 
*[[Mo Mowlam]] former Labour Northern Ireland secretary
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*[[Adair Turner]] head of pensions commission
 
*[[Adair Turner]] head of pensions commission
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*[[Trevor Phillips]] chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality
 
*[[Trevor Phillips]] chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality
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*[[James Naughtie]] broadcast journalist and author
 
*[[James Naughtie]] broadcast journalist and author
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*[[Matthew Taylor]] Downing Street head of policy
 
*[[Matthew Taylor]] Downing Street head of policy
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*[[Chris Smith]] former Labour culture secretary
 
*[[Chris Smith]] former Labour culture secretary
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*[[Baroness Symons]] Foreign Office minister
 
*[[Baroness Symons]] Foreign Office minister
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*[[Lord Robertson]] former Nato secretary-general
 
*[[Lord Robertson]] former Nato secretary-general
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*[[Douglas Alexander]] Foreign Office and trade minister
 
*[[Douglas Alexander]] Foreign Office and trade minister
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*[[Geoff Mulgan]] former head of Downing Street's policy and strategy unit
 
*[[Geoff Mulgan]] former head of Downing Street's policy and strategy unit
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*[[Baroness Scotland]] Home Office minister
 
*[[Baroness Scotland]] Home Office minister
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*[[Julia Hobsbawm]] public relations consultant
 
*[[Julia Hobsbawm]] public relations consultant
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*[[Steve Hilton]] Conservative special adviser
 
*[[Steve Hilton]] Conservative special adviser
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*[[Benjamin Zephaniah]] poet and activist
 
*[[Benjamin Zephaniah]] poet and activist
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*Colonel [[Bob Stewart]] former commander of British forces in Bosnia
 
*Colonel [[Bob Stewart]] former commander of British forces in Bosnia
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*[[David Willetts]] Conservative shadow work and pensions secretary
 
*[[David Willetts]] Conservative shadow work and pensions secretary
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*[[Alan Sked]] founder of [[UKIP]]
 
*[[Alan Sked]] founder of [[UKIP]]
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*[[Stephen Dorrell]] former Conservative health secretary
 
*[[Stephen Dorrell]] former Conservative health secretary
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*[[Yasmin Alibhai-Brown]] columnist and broadcaster
 
*[[Yasmin Alibhai-Brown]] columnist and broadcaster
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*[[Charles Moore]] former editor of the Daily Telegraph
 
*[[Charles Moore]] former editor of the Daily Telegraph
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*[[Nick Butler]] BP group vice-president, strategy and policy development
 
*[[Nick Butler]] BP group vice-president, strategy and policy development
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*[[Lord Lipsey]] Labour peer and author  
 
*[[Lord Lipsey]] Labour peer and author  
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*[[Anatol Lieven]] historian
 
*[[Anatol Lieven]] historian
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*[[George R Packard]] (United States)  international relations academic
 
*[[George R Packard]] (United States)  international relations academic
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*[[Trevor Phillips]]  
 
*[[Trevor Phillips]]  
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*Sir [[Charles Villiers]] businessman
 
*Sir [[Charles Villiers]] businessman
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*[[Nick Butler]]
 
*[[Nick Butler]]
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*[[Martin Vander Weyer]]
 
*[[Martin Vander Weyer]]
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*[[Adair Turner]]
 
*[[Adair Turner]]
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==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 22:35, 11 October 2019

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Founder(s)Nick Butler
Interest ofMichael Smeeth

The British-American Project (BAP) is a transatlantic fellowship of over 1,200 leaders and opinion formers from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds and political views. The purpose of the network is to groom a cadre of reliably pro-American British politicians, especially on the left side in politics.

BAP operates on a not-for-profit basis, funded through its membership and support from corporate partners. It was originally named the British-American Project for the Successor Generation.[1]

Annual conference

The BAP meets annually for a four-day conference on a topic of current concern to both countries. Each year, roughly 24 new participants are selected from either side of the Atlantic, on the basis of service to their communities and professional achievement, and sponsored to attend the conference as Delegates. At the end of each conference, Delegates are elected Fellows of the Project. Fellows from past years attend the annual conferences at their own expense, with many returning in successive years.[2]

Many BAP alumni are directly involved with US and UK military and defence establishments.

Members used to joke of CIA-funding

A Guardian article from 2004 described the purpose of the group:

Here, BAP is portrayed as a Trojan horse for American foreign policy, recruiting Britons of liberal or left-of-centre inclinations and political talent and connections when they are young, indoctrinating them with propaganda about the virtues of American capitalism and America's role in the world, and then watching them approvingly as they steer British politics in an ever more pro-Washington direction. According to this analysis, the project's greatest success has been New Labour.[1]

The leftwing journalist John Pilger, who has been uncovering American manipulation of other countries' politics for decades, has described BAP as a "casual freemasonry" and "by far the most influential transatlantic network of politicians, journalists and academics".

The historian Frances Stonor Saunders, who has written extensively about the American use of earlier, similar networks to influence western opinion during the cold war, sees close parallels with BAP: "All that's changed is that BAP are much more sophisticated." Member Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said: ""The amount of drink, the way you were treated, the dinners with everyone who was anyone..... It was money that I'd never seen at any conference before. We [the participants] used to joke, 'This is obviously funded by the CIA.'"

BAP-member Martin Vander Weyer admitted: "The British membership is quite a concentrated elite," he admits. "There was a stage where ... a lot of the people who emerged as part of the New Labour leadership group happened - and I say happened, because it is partly chance - to be members of BAP ...[3]


British members

UK members of the British-American Project include (2004):

  • Mo Mowlam former Labour Northern Ireland secretary
  • Geoff Mulgan former head of Downing Street's policy and strategy unit
  • Colonel Bob Stewart former commander of British forces in Bosnia
  • Nick Butler BP group vice-president, strategy and policy development


 

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