Institute for the Study of Conflict

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The Institute for the Study of Conflict (ISC) was set up by Professor Leonard Schapiro and Brian Crozier. It closed down in 1990.

According to Edward Herman account in the book The 'Terrorism' Industry, "ISC was established with secret CIA funding in 1970, to complement the work of Forum World Features... ISC would provide anticommunist propaganda under the guise of 'independent research' and the analyses of independent experts like Crozier." (p.108)

Other figures listed in the company’s earliest corporate filings are the Oxford historian and neo-liberal thinker Max Beloff, the Australian professor John Miller, and a retired Major-General called Fergus Ling. The former British diplomat and counter-insurgency expert Robert Thompson was also reportedly involved from the offset. William Thompson the Security Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph also joined the Council of Management, as did the former British diplomat Edward Peck, and the counter-insurgency expert Richard Clutterbuck. The Institute biggest coup in this period was probably recruiting Louis Le Bailly who became Vice-Chairman in 1976. Le Bailly joined the Council of Management in October 1975, immediately after leaving his post as Director-General of Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. On 23 October 1978, Harry Tuzo joined the Council of Management. A former Major-General and Director of Royal Artillery, Tuzo would also Chair the Royal United Services Institute during his time at ISC. powerbase

In late 1989 the ISC merged with Paul Wilkinson’s Research Foundation for the Study of Terrorism to form the Research Institute for the Study of Conflict and Terrorism (RISCT).

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