International Institute for Peace

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Not to be confused with International Peace Institute.

The International Institute for Peace was founded in Vienna in 1956 and re-founded by Erwin Lanc in 1989.[1]

It describes itself as follows:[1]

"The International Institute for Peace (IIP) is an international and non-governmental organisation (NGO and INGO), with consultative status at ECOSOC and UNESCO. The IIP pursues the objective of contributing to the maintenance and strengthening of peace through its research activities and as a platform to promote non-violent conflict resolution in different areas of the world and to a wide range of people."

It has consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, Culture and Communication (UNESCO). Its current president is Dr. Hannes Swoboda.[1]

According to Dr Julian Lewis, a campaigner against the peace movement, it was "set up by the Kremlin after the WPC [World Peace Council] was thrown out of Austria for subversion."[2] According to another source it was set up on the initiative of the WPC,[3] and according to J.G.Barlow of the Heritage Foundation, the WPC operated under cover of the IIP after the WPC was expelled from Vienna.[4] Its one-time vice-president, Gehrhard Kade, was active in the WPC.[2] It is said to have received $260,000 from Soviet sources.[5] After its refounding in 1989, its leadership became predominantly Social Democratic.[6][7]

The Rutgers International Institute for Peace is an entirely separate body.[8]

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