American Committee for Peace in Chechnya

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Founded in 1999, the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC) is the only private, non-governmental organization in North America exclusively dedicated to promoting the peaceful resolution of the Russo-Chechen war. Chaired by former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, Jr. and former Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, the committee is composed of more than one hundred distinguished Americans representing both major political parties and nearly every walk of life. Former Ambassador Max M. Kampelman is the co-chair emeritus. Source

Based at Freedom House, the Committee's mission encompasses three distinct yet interrelated objectives:

  • Advocacy: Developing and promoting policies, through the U.S. government and international institutions, aimed at protecting civilians, improving conditions for refugees and securing a cease-fire;
  • Information: Advancing public awareness of the Chechen war, including its broader implications for democracy, human rights, and regional stability in both Russia and the former Soviet Union; and
  • Diplomacy: Convening private "Track II" talks between representatives of the Russian government and Chechen resistance aimed at developing a framework for ending the war and resolving Chechnya's long-term legal and political status.

To those ends, ACPC organizes educational programs for the public, develops policy recommendations for lawmakers and collaborates with an international network of more than 400 activists, journalists, scholars and non-governmental organizations. The Committee distributes Chechnya Today, a daily email news service, and Chechnya Weekly, an online news magazine produced by the Jamestown Foundation and edited by former Keston Institute President Lawrence A. Uzzell.

In keeping with its mandate to be an independent resource for the public and a good-faith arbiter for the warring parties, the committee does not accept financial assistance from the governments of Chechnya or Russia, or from private for-profit corporation with investments in the former Soviet Union.

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ACPC Members

Morton Abramowitz Elliott Abrams Kenneth Adelman
Bulent Ali-Reza Richard V. Allen Audrey L. Alstadt
Vadim Altskan Zeyno Baran Antonio L. Betancourt
John Bolsteins John Brademas Zbigniew Brzezinski
Richard Burt John Calabrese Eric Chenoweth
Walter C. Clemens Eliot Cohen Nicholas Daniloff
Ruth Daniloff Midge Decter James S. Denton
Larry Diamond Thomas R. Donahue Robert Dujarric
John Dunlop Charles Fairbanks Sandra Feldman
Geraldine A. Ferraro Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Erwin Friedlander
Frank Gaffney Charles Gati Richard Gere
Douglas Ginsburg Paul Goble Marshall I. Goldman
Orlando Gutierrez Barbara Haig Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
Robert P. Hanrahan Paul B. Henze Eleanor Herman
Peter J. Hickman Norman Hill Irving Louis Horowitz
Glen E. Howard Bruce P. Jackson Robert Kagan
Max M. Kampelman Thomas Kean Mati Koiva
Guler Koknar Harry Kopp William Kristol
Janis Kukainis Saulius V. Kuprys Kenneth D. S. Lapatin
Michael A. Ledeen Robert J. Lieber Seymour M. Lipset
Robert McFarlane Mihajlo Mijajlov Bronislaw Misztal
Joshua Muravchik Julia Nanay Johanna Nichols
William Odom P.J. O'Rourke Richard Perle
Richard Pipes Norman Podhoretz Moishe Pripstein
Arch Puddington Peter Reddaway Peter R. Rosenblatt
David Saperstein Gary Schmitt William Schneider
Alexey Semyonov Andrew M. Sessler Philip Siegelman
Sophia Sluzar Stephen J. Solarz Helmut Sonnenfeldt
Gregory H. Stanton S. Frederick Starr Leonard R. Sussman
Barry Tharaud Jack Thomas Tomarchio Sinan Utku
George Weigel Caspar Weinberger Curtin Winsor
R. James Woolsey Tatiana Yankelevich Jan Nowak

Committee Staff