National Endowment for Democracy

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AbbreviationNED
MottoSupporting freedom around the world.
Founder• Robert Pickus
• George Weigel
Type501c3
InterestsUS Sponsored Regime-change efforts since 1945
Sponsor ofPoynter Institute, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation, Advocates for Community Alternatives, African Civic Leadership Program, Agora Cuba, Ashika Turks Community, Andrei Sakharov Foundation, Asia Catalyst, Bank Information Center, Boat People SOS, Center for a Free Cuba, Center for Justice and International Law, Center for Victims of Torture, China Aid Association, China Labor Watch, China Strategic Analysis Center, China Rights in Action, Chinese Feminist Collective, Civic Space Institute, Coda Media, Democratic China Incorporated, Eritrean Global Solidarity, EurasiaNet, Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, Free Russia Foundation, Free Society Project, Freedom House, Friends of Angola, Institute for Asian Democracy, Institute of Modern Russia, International Center for Journalists, International Institute for Vietnam, International Tibet Network, Project on Middle East Democracy, Atlantic Council, Tides Center, Tibet Justice Center, Uighur Human Rights Project, World Affairs Institute, Index on Censorship, n-ost, Reporters Without Borders
SubpageNational Endowment for Democracy/Board
The "traditional intermediary of the CIA", promoting the US "national interest" by "soft power".

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has been termed the "traditional intermediary of the CIA".[1]

Official narrative

Wikipedia terms it a "soft-power organization". The NED's president Carl Gershman explained, “It would be terrible for democratic groups around the world to be seen as subsidized by the C.I.A. We saw that in the 60’s, and that’s why it has been discontinued. We have not had the capability of doing this, and that’s why the endowment was created.”

New York Times reporter John Broder wrote in 1997 that NED was created:

“to do in the open what the Central Intelligence Agency has done surreptitiously for decades,”
John Broder (March 31, 1997)  [2]

Allen Weinstein, who worked in the same framework of NGO activity, commented about the general situation in an interview by the Washington Post in 1991:

“A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA,”
Allen Weinstein (September 22, 1991)  [3]

And CIA whistleblower Philip Agee described the NED as:

“Nowadays, instead of having the CIA going around behind the scenes and trying to manipulate the process by inserting money here and giving instructions secretly and so forth, they have now a sidekick, which is this National Endowment for Democracy, NED”
Philip Agee [4]


Problems

In July 2015, Vladimir Putin banned the NED from Russia as the first "undesirable NGO".[5]

In 1993, Barbara Conry, a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute an article on the group entitled "Loose Cannon: The National Endowment for Democracy".[6]

Steven Gowens has written that "The Dalai Lama is hardly a democrat, yet he has received Washington’s lucre for decades, including from the CIA and later the NED... old Tibet, then, was hardly a society of peace and tranquility ruled over by a benign ruler. It was a class society torn by conflict and predicated on brutal, naked, exploitation. Despite this, a February 16, 2010 NED press release describes the former Tibetan feudal overlord “not only as a moral and religious leader respected throughout the world but as a fellow democrat who shares America’s deepest values.”[7]

"The NED does, however, care deeply about the interests of US corporations, banks and investors which, after all, play the dominant role in shaping US policy and whose representatives staff the key positions of the US state."[7]

Staff

Full article: National Endowment for Democracy/board

Institutes

The NED distributes most of its money through four core channels. The National Democratic Institute seems to be the most active of them.

Full article: National Democratic Institute
Full article: Solidarity Center
Full article: International Republican Institute
Full article: Center for International Private Enterprise

Funding

The NED is funded by the US Congress. The very incomplete list of sponsored organiations is from their 990-tax form for 2017[8].


 

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