The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft (QIRS) is a Charles Koch and George Soros funded foreign policy think tank. "The Quincy Institute promotes ideas that move U.S. foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace," according to its website.
"Its founding donors — Soros’s Open Society Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation — have each contributed half a million dollars to fund its takeoff. A handful of individual donors have joined to add another $800,000."
"The Quincy Institute aims to offer a corps of experts in Washington who will promote a unified foreign-policy paradigm based on statecraft and cooperation. Its founders plan to become involved in grass-roots campaigns, especially in minority communities. They hope their specialists will eventually move on to populate Congressional staffs and the executive branch — as alumni of pro-intervention think tanks have been doing for decades," the Boston Globe reports.
- Lora Lumpe is CEO
- Trita Parsi is the Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute.
- Jim Lobe is the Editorial Director of Responsible Statecraft.
News and Controversies
Quincy Institute Plans to Issue Four Reports in 2019
Following its official opening in September 2019, the Quincy Institute plans to issue four reports. "Two offering alternative approaches to the Middle East and East Asia, one on 'ending endless war,' and one called 'democratizing foreign policy,'" the Boston Globe reports.
Ties to the Kochs
Charles Koch is a founder and provided the funds to launch QIRS.
Charles Koch is the right-wing billionaire owner of Koch Industries. As one of the richest people in the world, he is a key funder of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on Charles Koch and his late brother David include: Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity, Stand Together Chamber of Commerce, Stand Together, Koch Family Foundations, Koch Universities, and I360.
As of 2019:
- Trita Parsi, co-founder
- Suzanne DiMaggio, co-founder
- Stephen Wertheim, co-founder
- Andrew Bacevich, co-founder
- Andrew J. Bacevich , Suzanne DiMaggio, Paul Eaton , Stephen B. Heintz, Amed Khan , Catherine Lutz , Francis Najafi, Thomas R. Pickering, Mike Zak (Quincy) 
- Stephen Kinzer, In an astonishing turn, Soros and Charles Koch team up to end US ‘forever war’ policy, Boston Globe, June 30, 2019.
- Quincy Institute, Quincy Institute, Quincy Institute, July 2019.
- Quincy Institute About, organizational web page, accessed May 16, 2020.