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International Crisis Group

The International Crisis Group (ICG) is an independent, non-profit NGO that works “through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.” “Teams of political analysts,” ICG explains, “are located within or close by countries at risk of outbreak, escalation or recurrence of violent conflict. Based on information and assessments from the field, ICG produces regular analytical reports containing practical recommendations targeted at key international decision-makers.”

One of ICG's more notable officials is Robert Malley, who in 2007 was named as a foreign policy advisor to Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama. Malley formerly served as President Bill Clinton’s Special Assistant for Arab-Israeli Affairs (1998-2001), and as National Security Advisor Sandy Berger’s Executive Assistant (1996-1998). The Malley family's longstanding close ties to Yasser Arafat are significant. (For more information on these links to Arafat, see the profiles of Robert Malley and Simon Malley.)

ICG project director Peter Harling has co-written with Robert Malley a number of op-eds critical of American actions in Iraq, and advocating U.S. diplomatic outreach to Muqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and Syria. And ICG senior analyst Nicholas Pelham has called for U.S. outreach toward Hamas.

To view a comprehensive profile and numerous supplemental resources about ICG, click here.


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