Aspen Institute

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FounderWalter Paepcke
Headquarters1 Dupont Circle NW Suite #700
Type• Research institute
• think tank
Sponsored byBill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Charles Koch Foundation, Democracy Fund, Lumina Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Ford Foundation

A highly funded (almost $100M) think tank stacked with establishment insiders.


The group is funded by foundations such as the Carnegie Corporation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Aspen Strategy Group

In 2013: The executive director was David M. Rowe. The co-chairs were: Joseph Nye, Brent Scowcroft.

Other members were Graham Allison,  Richard Armitage,  Dick Cheney,  David Gergen,  Al Gore,  Condoleezza Rice,  William Webster,  Paul Wolfowitz,  James Woolsey,  Robert Zoellick,  Madeleine Albright,  Eliot Cohen,  John Deutch,  Dianne Feinstein,  Robert Gates,  Richard Haass,  Chuck Hagel,  Robert Kagan,  William Kristol,  Sam Nunn,  Thomas O'Gara,  John Podesta,  Strobe Talbott,  William Perry,  Dov Zakheim,  Philip Zelikow.

Aspen Security Forum

Speakers at the Aspen Security Forum:[1]: Michael Chertoff,  Stephen Hadley,  Dennis Blair,  Michael Hayden,  Cofer Black,  Gilles de Kerchove,  Robert Gallucci,  Richard Ben-Veniste,  Brian Michael Jenkins,  Janet Napolitano,  David Cohen,  John Negroponte,  Raymond Kelly. The moderators were Wolf Blitzer, John King, Michael Isikoff, and Maurice Sonnenberg is also involved.


Events Sponsored

Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationInfluential foundation which was established at a time when a judge ruled that Microsoft was to be broken up. It's founder has been described as a bully who dressed down employees in public, who seemed to thrive on conflict and always pressed for (his) advantage.
Charles Koch Foundationmoney-granting foundation to select purposes
Democracy Fund
Lumina Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
The Ford Foundation