Transnational Institute

Coordinates: 52°23′02″N 4°52′48″E / 52.3839918°N 4.8801102°E / 52.3839918; 4.8801102
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Transnational Institute
Established1974; 49 years ago (1974)
Founded atAmsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates52°23′02″N 4°52′48″E / 52.3839918°N 4.8801102°E / 52.3839918; 4.8801102
Executive Director
Fiona Dove

The Transnational Institute (TNI), is an international non-profit research and advocacy think tank that was founded in 1974, Amsterdam, Netherlands.[1] According to their website, the organization promotes a "... just, democratic and sustainable world."[2]


TNI was founded in 1974 in Amsterdam by Eqbal Ahmad, who was the organization's first director. Initially it operated as an international arm of the Institute for Policy Studies.[1]

In 1976 the director of the institute (Orlando Letelier) was assassinated by the Chilean secret police as ordered by Augusto Pinochet.[3][4]

Pauline Tiffen is chair of the supervisory board of the TNI.[5]

The activist Susan George is president of the TNI.[6]

The members of the institute are involved in the civil society and the associative life of their respective countries. Based in Amsterdam, the permanent team of TNI consisted of twenty nine people in 2021.[7]


The TNI publishes research papers, books and organises seminars and debates. Its members include activists, researchers, writers, scholars, journalists and documentary makers.[1] The organisation has specific interest sections called "programs". These are the fields the organisation currently focuses on.

Drugs and democracy[edit]

The program analyses worldwide trends on drugs-policies and promotes a pragmatic approach to drugs based on damage-control. It has written on countries in Latin America[8][9] and Southeast Asia.[10]

Ricardo Soberón, the Lawyer who was the drug tsar for Peru until 2012, has carried out research for TNI.[11][12]

Public alternatives[edit]

The public alternatives program publishes research and organises events on the following topics

Trade and investment[edit]


Other programs[edit]

  • Myanmar
  • War & Pacification
  • Colombia
  • Agrarian & Environmental Justice
  • Corporate Power


  1. ^ a b c "Collection Summary: Transnational Institute Archives". International Institute of Social History.
  2. ^ "Introduction". 10 April 2009.
  3. ^ Franklin, Jonathan (8 October 2015). "Pinochet directly ordered killing on US soil of Chilean diplomat, papers reveal". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Our History - Institute for Policy Studies".
  5. ^ Supervisory Board Transnational Institute
  6. ^ Susan George Transnational Institute
  7. ^ People Transnational Institute
  8. ^ "U.S. has been quietly helping Mexico with new, high-tech ways to fight opium". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ "Reform more radical than 'war on drugs'".
  10. ^ Diplomat, David Hutt, The. "A New Drug Win for Malaysia?".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "Peru replaces drug tsar Soberon". BBC News. 10 October 2018.
  12. ^ Amira. "Researchers - Ricardo Soberón".
  13. ^ "In pipeline, a plan to privatise water supply in cities". 22 September 2015.
  14. ^ Vidal, John (30 January 2015). "Water privatisation: a worldwide failure? - John Vidal". The Guardian.
  15. ^ "Energy democracy - ENERGY DEMOCRACY". 4 December 2016.
  16. ^ "More than 830 cities have brought essential services back under public control. Others should follow - CityMetric". 26 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Remunicipalisation becomes an unstoppable trend - EPSU".
  18. ^ Meera Karunananthan. "Global water justice activists mobilize to keep water public in Switzerland". Archived from the original on October 2, 2020 – via
  19. ^ "The power of a transformative city - P2P Foundation". 23 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Transformative Cities Initiative: a unique participatory award". openDemocracy. 29 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Transnational Institute:Transformative Cities".
  22. ^ "Our common ground: a salute to the Young Global Collective". openDemocracy. 23 January 2017.
  23. ^ "The battle for minds, and role of human behaviour in generating plutocracies". openDemocracy. 26 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Financialisation: A Primer". 13 September 2018.

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