Amnesty International and CSIS exchange barbs

By Laurie Bennett

August 19, 2014 at 9:13am

The tensions of Ferguson have found their way to the nonprofit world.

Early Tuesday morning brought this sharp exchange on Twitter between Amnesty International and the Center for Strategic and International Studies:

CSIS tweet

The sharp response was quickly followed by an apology:

CSIS response

Even if this is an instance of a low-level staffer impetuously hitting the tweet button, these are two organizations with markedly different missions.

Amnesty International is a global nonprofit campaigning “to end grave abuses of human rights.”

CSIS is a DC-based think tank dedicated to sustaining “American prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world.”

One can see how their objectives might clash as the world’s attentions focus not only on Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq, but on suburban St. Louis.

For the first time, Amnesty has dispatched observers to the United States, sending a 13-person team to Ferguson to watch for possible human rights violations.

Yet this is hardly the first time Amnesty has cast a harsh light on the U.S. During the George W. Bush administration it called Guantanamo Bay prison the “gulag of our times.”

The Bush White House countered that the organization’s criticism of the U.S. as a human-rights offender was “ridiculous.”

More recently, Amnesty has called on President Obama to curtail his use of drones and to cut off support to Israel’s armed forces.

Amnesty’s 11-member international board does not currently include an American. The organization does accept funding from such U.S.-based interests as Microsoft, Google, the Ford Foundation and George Soros’s Open Society Foundations.

CSIS draws many of its board members from the corporate world, and from the U.S. Defense and State departments. It overlaps with Amnesty in receiving financial support from Google, but its funders tend more to the right. Foundations providing grants to CSIS have included the Sarah Scaife Foundation, Allegheny Foundation and Smith Richardson Foundation.

The map below shows some of the top-level connections between CSIS and the White House:

Follow Muckety on Twitter Tweet This! Share on Facebook

Click here to sign up for the Muckety Newsletter

 Read related stories: Philanthropy & nonprofits · Recent Stories · Think tanks  


  • There are no comments yet, be the first by filling in the form below.

Leave a Comment

The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.

  • The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community
    February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

    As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

    Immigration ban strains Trump relations with Silicon Valley
    January 30, 2017 at 9:06am

    Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.

    Coming together
    January 22, 2017 at 1:25pm

    From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.

    The Davos elite
    January 19, 2017 at 8:22am

    The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.

    In a typical cabinet, Elaine Chao would be one of the richest
    January 12, 2017 at 8:37am

    When critics complain about the big-money nominees in Donald Trump’s cabinet, they focus on billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Amway in-law Betsy DeVos (Education), former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (State) and Goldman Sachs alum Steve Mnuchin (Treasury).

    More stories →

Become a fan of Muckety on Facebook

  • Search for stories
    Special Features

Follow Muckety on Twitter Follow Muckety on Twitter
Muckety has no direct connection to most of the people or organizations listed on these pages.
We are unable to forward personal messages or provide personal contact information.
We make every effort at Muckety to ensure that our data is correct and timely. However, relationships are in constant flux and we cannot guarantee accuracy. If you come across incorrect or outdated information, please let us know by email.
© 2017 Muckety LLC