National Endowment for Democracy

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MottoSupporting freedom around the world.
Founder• Robert Pickus
• George Weigel
InterestsUS Sponsored Regime-change efforts since 1945
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] In July 2015, Vladimir Putin banned the NED from Russia as the first "undesirable NGO".[2]

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 explained in 1997, “to do in the open what the Central Intelligence Agency has done surreptitiously for decades.”[3]


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".[4]

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.”"[5]

"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."[5]


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