International Relations Center

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International Relations Center (formerly known as the Inter-Hemispheric Resource Center) was founded in 1979 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"Having maintained a focus on U.S. policy in Central America and the Caribbean throughout the 1980s, the IRC turned its attention to the changing U.S.-Mexico relationship in 1990, producing a number of books on politics and development in Mexico as well as on U.S.-Mexico relations.

"Through our work on U.S. policy toward Mexico, we developed projects on cross-border organizing and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, including our U.S.-Mexico Project and our Border Information & Outreach Service (BIOS). The work carried out under both of these projects is now consolidated into our Americas Program.

"The acceleration of the globalization process during the 1990s prompted us to establish our Global Affairs Program and its flagship project, Foreign Policy In Focus project (FPIF). A collaborative effort between the IRC and the Institute for Policy Studies, FPIF offers policy critiques and prescription aimed at making the U.S. a more responsible member of the global community.

"Over the course of the past two decades, the IRC has confronted the ever-changing landscape of U.S. foreign policy to ensure that alternative information and analysis are available to those committed to social change, winning recognition for our ability to bridge the gap between academic research and popular education and between the policy community and activists." [1]

Funding (2007)

"The IRC is funded by hundreds of individual donors, plus the following foundations:



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Directors (2007)

  • Judy Austermiller - The Boehm Foundation (Term expires - January 1, 2007
  • Barbara Belejack - Texas Observer January 1, 2008
  • John Cavanagh - Director, Institute for Policy Studies (Term expires - March 10, 2009
  • Noam Chomsky - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (emeritus)
  • Charlie Clements - Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Term expires - January 1, 2007
  • Phil Dahl-Bredine - Misioneros de Maryknoll (Term expires - January 1, 2007
  • Marie Dennis - Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns; Vice President, Pax Christi International
  • Pax Christi - USA Ambassador of Peace (Term expires - March 10, 2009
  • Chad Dobson - Oxfam America (Term expires - January 1, 2008
  • Kate Doyle - National Security Archive (Term expires - January 1, 2008
  • Jonathan Fox - UC Santa Cruz January 1, 2007
  • Patricia Gay Webb - President and founder, International Environmental Policy (Term expires - March 10, 2009
  • LaDonna Harris - (Comanche) President, Americans for Indian Opportunity (Term expires - January 1, 2008
  • Santiago Juarez - Director of New Mexico Progressive Alliance for Community Empowerment (Term expires - March 10, 2009
  • Antonio Lujan - State Representative New Mexico Legislature (emeritus)
  • Conrad Martin - Fund for Constitutional Government (Term expires - January 1, 2008
  • Walter Owensby - Presbyterian Church (USA) (Term expires - January 1, 2007
  • Debra Preusch - IRC (ex-officio)
  • Lyuba Zarsky - Senior Research Fellow, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University (Term expires - March 10, 2009




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  1. [ Directors], , accessed April 13, 2010.