Oslo The International Crisis Group is pleased to announce that 13 new members will join Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees from 1 July 2008, following their election at the Board meeting held in Oslo at the weekend:

  • Ali Alatas Foreign Minister of Indonesia (1988-1998)
  • HRH Prince Turki al-Faisal Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America (2005-2007)
  • Kofi Annan Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2007); Nobel Peace Prize (2001)
  • Louise Arbour UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2004-2008); Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda (1996-1999), Canada
  • Richard Armitage U.S. Deputy Secretary of State (2001-2005)
  • Lord (Paddy) Ashdown High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (2002-2006); Leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK (1988-1999)
  • Emma Bonino Minister of International Trade and European Affairs, Italy (2006-2008); European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid (1994-1999)
  • Yegor Gaidar Prime Minister of Russia (1992)
  • Aleksander Kwaśniewski President of Poland (1995-2005)
  • Jessica Tuchman Mathews President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, U.S.
  • Moisés Naím Editor-in-chief, Foreign Policy magazine; Minister of Trade and Industry, Venezuela (1989-1990)
  • Güler Sabancı Chairperson, Sabancı Holding, Turkey
  • Lawrence Summers President, Harvard University (2001-2006); U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001)

The newly constituted 54-member Board (full list attached) includes 21 members from North and South America, 17 from Western and Eastern Europe, nine from Africa and the Middle East and seven from Asia and Australasia. It meets twice a year.

Crisis Group President Gareth Evans said, “Crisis Group continues to have one of the strongest boards of any non-governmental organisation in the world, and our new members will contribute an even more extraordinary range of expertise and experience.”

Crisis Group, with nearly 140 full-time staff members on five continents, works through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. Its approach is grounded in field research, with teams of political analysts located within or close by countries at risk of outbreak, escalation or recurrence of violent conflict. Based on information and assessments from the field, Crisis Group produces regular analytical reports containing practical recommendations targeted at key international decision-takers.

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