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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:25 pm    Post subject: Pilger - British American Project Anglo-American elite Reply with quote

How the Anglo-American elite shares its 'values'

By John Pilger



When Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke recently about his government's devotion to the United States, "founded on the values we share", he was echoing his Foreign Office minister Kim Howells, who was preparing to welcome the Saudi dictator to Britain with effusions of "shared values". The meaning was the same in both cases. The values shared are those of rapacious power and wealth, with democracy and human rights irrelevant, as the bloodbath in Iraq and the suffering of the Palestinians attest, to name only two examples.

The "values we share" are celebrated by a shadowy organisation that has just held its annual conference. This is the British-American Project for the Successor Generation (BAP), set up in 1985 with money from a Philadelphia trust with a long history of supporting right-wing causes. Although the BAP does not publicly acknowledge this origin, the source of its inspiration was a call by President Reagan in 1983 for "successor generations" on both sides of the Atlantic to "work together in the future on defence and security matters". He made numerous references to "shared values". Attending this ceremony in the White House Situation Room were the ideologues Rupert Murdoch and the late James Goldsmith.

As Reagan made clear, the need for the BAP arose from Washington's anxiety about the growing opposition in Britain to nuclear weapons, especially the stationing of cruise missiles in Europe. "A special concern," he said, "will be the successor generations, as these younger people are the ones who will have to work together in the future on defence and security issues." A new, preferably young elite - journalists, academics, economists, "civil society" and liberal community leaders of one sort or another - would offset the growing "anti-Americanism".

The aims of this latter-day network, according to David Willetts, the former director of studies at Britain's right-wing Centre for Policy Studies, now a member of the Tory shadow cabinet, are simply to "help reinforce Anglo-American links, especially if some members already do or will occupy positions of influence". A former British ambassador to Washington, Sir John Kerr, was more direct. In a speech to BAP members, he said the organisation's "powerful combination of eminent Fellows and close Atlantic links threatened to put the embassy out of a job". An American BAP organiser describes the BAP network as committed to "grooming leaders" while promoting "the leading global role that [the US and Britain] continue to play".

The BAP's British "alumni" are drawn largely from new Labour and its court. No fewer than four BAP "fellows" and one advisory board member became ministers in the first Blair government. The new Labour names include Peter Mandelson, George Robertson, Baroness Symons, Jonathan Powell (Blair's chief of staff), Baroness Scotland, Douglas Alexander, Geoff Mulgan, Matthew Taylor and David Miliband. Some are Fabian Society members and describe themselves as being "on the left". Trevor Phillips, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is another member. They object to whispers of "a conspiracy". The mutuality of class or aspiration is merely assured, unspoken, and the warm embrace of power flattering and often productive.

BAP conferences are held alternately in the US and Britain. This year's was in Newcastle, with the theme "Faith and Justice". On the US board is Diana Negroponte, the wife of John Negroponte, Bush's former national security chief notorious for his associations with death-squad politics in central America. He follows another leading neocon, Paul Wolfowitz, architect of the invasion of Iraq and discredited head of the World Bank. Since 1985, BAP "alumni" and "fellows" have been brought together courtesy of Coca-Cola, Monsanto, Saatchi & Saatchi, Philip Morris and British Airways, among other multinationals. Nick Butler, formerly a top dog at BP, has been a leading light.

For many, the conferences have the revivalist pleasures honed by American PR techniques, with management games, personal presentations, and a closing jolly revue to lighten the serious business. The 2002 conference report noted: "Many BAP alumni are directly involved with US and UK military and defence establishments."

The BAP rarely gets publicity, which may have something to do with the high proportion of journalists who are alumni. Prominent BAP journalists are David Lipsey, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and assorted Murdochites. The BBC is well represented. On the popular Today programme, James Naughtie, whose broadcasting has long reflected his own transatlantic interests, has been an alumnus since 1989. Today's newest voice, Evan Davis, formerly the BBC's zealous economics editor, is a member. And at the top of the BAP website home page is a photograph of the famous BBC broadcaster Jeremy Paxman and his endorsement. "A marvellous way of meeting a varied cross-section of transatlantic friends," says he.

http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2007-12/16pilger.cfm
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Over the years Lobster magazine has been published some great stuff on the BAP - quite a bit of it has gone on to be lifted by journalists like Pilger.

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Paxman is also an author of non-fiction books. His first book arose out of a Panorama programme that he worked on with Robert Harris on biological and chemical warfare. Together they wrote A Higher Form of Killing (1982) exploring its history; a revised edition published in 2002 included a chapter asserting that Iraq possessed both chemical and biological weapons.


My what a big nose you have Pax

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In a column published in New Statesman on 25 July 2005, Pilger ascribed blame for the 2005 London bombings that took place the same month to Blair, whose decision to follow President Bush generated the rage that he claims precipitated those bombings. [3]


So bit of a mistake there.

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In all of his work, Pilger has been a prominent and fervent critic of Western foreign policy. He is particularly opposed to many aspects of American foreign policy, which he regards as being driven by a largely imperialist agenda.


So is he anti west? Pro Zionist mabbe?

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Pilger is a strong critic of the institutions and economic forces that structure 'mainstream' journalism. He said in an address at Columbia University on 14 April 2006:

“ During the Cold War, a group of Russian journalists toured the United States. On the final day of their visit, they were asked by their hosts for their impressions. 'I have to tell you,' said their spokesman, 'that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV, that all the opinions on all the vital issues were by and large, the same. To get that result in our country, we imprison people, we tear out their fingernails. Here, you don’t have that. What’s the secret? How do you do it?' [2] ”

He is particularly scornful of pro-Iraq war commentators on the liberal left, or 'liberal interventionists', such as Nick Cohen and David Aaronovitch.


On the whole he seems pretty fair.

But ask this

HOW CAN ANY SENTIENT PERSON, ESPECIALLY AN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST NOT SEE THE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT 911 AND 7/7 WERE FALSE FLAGS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pilger

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HOW CAN ANY SENTIENT PERSON, ESPECIALLY AN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST NOT SEE THE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT 911 AND 7/7 WERE FALSE FLAGS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pilger


All public intellectuals or media personalities even of the quality of Pilger are left gatekeepers. They can be nothing else.
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British American Project
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/British_American_Project
The British American Project for the Successor Generation, to give it its original, and now quietly forgotten, title, is an elite corporate/political talking and networking organisation. Its aims are to ensure that the left and liberal intelligentsia are not hostile to US foreign policy interests. The British American Project is like the Trade Union Committee for European and Transatlantic Understanding but rather less obscure. For example, it has a website.
'The Project's annual four-day conference brings together 24 exceptional people (aged between 28-40) from each side of the Atlantic to tackle a specific issue of importance to both countries. Delegates are chosen for proven leadership in their field, and are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and views; they include senior representatives from business, government, the media, voluntary /non-profit organisations, medicine, and the armed forces.' [1]
In 2003 John Pilger noted that "Five members of Blair's first cabinet, along with his chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, were members of the British American Project for a Successor Generation, a masonry of chosen politicians and journalists, conceived by the far-right oil baron J. Howard Pew and launched by Ronald Reagan and Rupert Murdoch." [2]
It claims that 'Press coverage in the UK has suggested that the project is either a right wing conspiracy or a New Labour conspiracy. Is either of these allegations true? Sadly not. See the article on the project's history for details of its origins and the rest of this web site for its current orientation.'
It hasn't had any coverage in either of the left-leaning British broadsheets. However, the New Statesman says "But the project is only one of many schemes through which the British elite learns to love and live with America: the Kennedy scholarships, the Fulbrights and Harknesses, the International Visitor Program, together with more overtly agenda-driven institutions such as the Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom and the Trades Union Committee for European and Transatlantic Understanding. Taking all these into consideration accounts for almost every minister and adviser in the Labour Party."
The British-American Project for the Successor Generation (as it used to be known before it quietly contracted its title) was founded in 1985. Each year the project invites 24 American and 24 British delegates to take part in four days of dinners, parties and discussions (ranging from the nature of the "special relationship" to security and economic issues). Delegates enjoy comparative luxury (the class of '98 stayed at the $285-a-night Omni Royal Crescent in New Orleans). The aim, to quote the report of the 1985 conference, is "to create, at a time of growing international strains and stresses, a closer rapport between Britain and the United States among people likely to become influential decision-makers during the next two decades". Delegates are nominated by existing fellows; once they have come through the process of selection (in the UK, this is based on competitive debating sessions with other nominees), they have their travel and other expenses paid to the more or less exotic locations of the conference. Last year New Orleans, this year . . . Harrogate...
The project was first suggested in 1982 by Nick Butler, a Labour Party insider of the old right and a research fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Along with many others in the US and Britain who viewed the special relationship favourably, he had become concerned about the growing tide of anti-American sentiment, particularly within his own party. This was the time of Greenham Common, CND and the battles over US deployment of cruise missiles in Europe. Vietnam and Watergate were fresh in everyone's memory.
Butler's response was to propose a series of conferences, similar in format to the annual get-together of the Anglo-German elite at Konigswinter, developing personal relationships between the participants and broadening understanding. This rapidly gained backing from Chatham House, then from other establishment bodies, such as the Royal United Services Institute and the US embassy in London. But at this stage there seemed little prospect of funding.
It was Sir Charles Villiers, the former chairman of British Steel, who overcame this obstacle by roping in two American anglophile friends of his, Lew van Dusen and Isadore Scott, who were able to secure $460,000 through the Pew Charitable Trusts, the second biggest grant-making body in the US. [3]
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/British_American_Project



British American Project
http://powerbase.info/index.php/British_American_Project
The British American Project for the Successor Generation, to give it its original, and now quietly forgotten, title, is an elite corporate/political talking and networking organisation. Its aims are to ensure that the left and liberal intelligentsia are not hostile to US foreign policy interests. It was founded in 1985.
Contents
1 Background
2 History and role
3 Influencing New Labour
4 People
4.1 Advisory Board
4.1.1 2014
4.1.2 United Kingdom
4.1.2.1 Former members
4.1.3 United States
4.1.3.1 Former members
4.2 Patrons
4.3 Members
4.4 Corporate members
4.5 Executive Committee
4.5.1 2006
4.5.2 2007
4.5.3 2009
4.5.4 2014
4.6 Fellows
4.6.1 Former fellows
4.7 Others
4.7.1 Journalist members
5 Funders
5.1 Up to 2000
5.1.1 Major sponsors who have committed to support the project for three years or more
5.2 1999 Sponsors
5.2.1 Hospitality and donations in kind
5.3 2004/5 Sponsors
5.4 Past and Present Supporters
5.5 2006/7 Sponsors
5.6 2009
5.7 2011
6 List of conferences and themes
7 Resources
8 External links
9 Contact
10 Notes
Background

In a profile of the British American Project in The New Statesman, Duncan Parrish writes:
Each year the project invites 24 American and 24 British delegates to take part in four days of dinners, parties and discussions (ranging from the nature of the "special relationship" to security and economic issues). Delegates enjoy comparative luxury (the class of '98 stayed at the $285-a-night Omni Royal Crescent in New Orleans). The aim, to quote the report of the 1985 conference, is "to create, at a time of growing international strains and stresses, a closer rapport between Britain and the United States among people likely to become influential decision-makers during the next two decades". Delegates are nominated by existing fellows; once they have come through the process of selection (in the UK, this is based on competitive debating sessions with other nominees), they have their travel and other expenses paid to the more or less exotic locations of the conference. Last year New Orleans, this year ... Harrogate ...
The project was first suggested in 1982 by Nick Butler, a Labour Party insider of the old right and a research fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Along with many others in the US and Britain who viewed the special relationship favourably, he had become concerned about the growing tide of anti-American sentiment, particularly within his own party. This was the time of Greenham Common, CND and the battles over US deployment of cruise missiles in Europe. Vietnam and Watergate were fresh in everyone's memory.
Butler's response was to propose a series of conferences, similar in format to the annual get-together of the Anglo-German elite at Konigswinter, developing personal relationships between the participants and broadening understanding. This rapidly gained backing from Chatham House, then from other establishment bodies, such as the Royal United Services Institute and the US embassy in London. But at this stage there seemed little prospect of funding.
It was Sir Charles Villiers, the former chairman of British Steel, who overcame this obstacle by roping in two American anglophile friends of his, Lew van Dusen and Isadore Scott, who were able to secure $460,000 through the Pew Charitable Trusts, the second biggest grant-making body in the US.[1]
According to an article in Scotland on Sunday:
In 1997 it was reported that the BAP would seek charitable status in the UK, allowing tax relief for the major corporate sponsors of the network. Then Julia Hobsbawm claimed charity status was justified 'because the project pays for the 48 delegates, 24 from each country, to attend the conference, at a cost of approximately £20,000 for the British delegates as part of a total administration cost of £150,000.
Corporate sponsors such as British Aerospace and BP underwrite the £150,000 cost of the long weekend. Camelot, the organiser of the National Lottery, has chipped in with £10,000 as part of a company donation programme designed "to help young people achieve their potential."[2]
History and role

It is important to note that those within BAP are keen to play down the project's origins in the cold war. The initial drive of initiatives such as BAP were avowedly anti-left, anti-CND and emerged from very specific high level and far-reaching projects: Eugene V. Rostow's The Committee on the Present Danger (CPD) is a hawkish gathering of ideologues first founded in 1950 then re-formed in 1976 (when Rostow went to the right of Nixon) pushed for larger defense budgets and arms buildups, to counter the Soviet Union, now terrorism and internal dissent. The CPD had a stranglehold on Reagan's defence and foreign policy in a similar way to the neoconservatives' ideological grip on George W. Bush's. Indeed there are many continuities given that the CPD Members in 2004 include associates of the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Boeing Company.
In the early 80s a leaked memo to the Washington Post outlined a revivied COINTELPRO in the US and that:
'Rostow was equally concerned about the growing unilateralist movement and so helped initiate a similar propaganda exercise in Britain, aimed at neutralising the efforts of CND. It would take three forms: mobilising public opinion, working within the Churches, and a 'dirty tricks' operation against the peace groups.'
A project was then organised through the CIA and the US Information Agency (USIA) to organise (through private organisations) a propaganda campaign in Europe. The Rand Corporation, linked to the government and the CIA, 'sponsored a week's study on 'the Successor Generation' and its implications for Nato.
The "Successor Generation" was initially another name for anti-Americanism in Europe.' In Lobster 3 Stephen Dorril notes the appearance of Peter Dailey here, who was later an initiator of BAP, and also of the creation in March 1982 of the British Coalition For Peace Through Security (CPS), based on its American counterpart (CPS-US), this unleashed US propaganda techniques into Britain and a growing alliance between old Cold War warriors, ideologues like Rostow and Norman Podhoretz (the latter editor of the 'neo-conservative' Commentary), hardline dissenters in the intelligence community and the grass roots New Right. By 1984 The New York Times obtained leaks which showed arrangements 'for President Reagan to meet a group of businessmen he had put together under the banner 'Project Democracy', a propaganda effort to 'support democratic institutions abroad'. They were to contribute $300,000, and the group included Sir James Goldsmith, Rupert Murdoch and a representative of Axel Springer � all international publishers.'
A meeting on the project took place on March 21st 1983. Among those present were: Joachim Maitre ('Axel Springer's man'), Goldsmith, George Gallup (the pollster), Peter H. Dailey, the US Ambassador to Ireland and John W. Kluge, Chairman and President of Metromedia lnc.
Reagan told them that: 'A special concern will be the successor generations, as these younger people are the ones who will have to work together in the future on defense and security issues.'' In some respects this shows that an inclusive approach to 'the left' was also running parallel to a range of methods and projects which also extended much wider than anti-communism to mean the left, socialists, radicals and sometimes anyone who opposed those in power. Reagan's use of 'Project Democracy' is also significant as this was the term for a vast array of revived cold war operations, mostly targeted against south and central America but including funding groups and projects, which were organised by the NSC.
Influencing New Labour

The BAP newsletter just after Labour's 1997 general election victory was headlined, "Big Swing to BAP". It was believed that this would help foster a greater reciprocity of American interests in Whitehall.[3]
The confidence of the BAP statement in their newsletter was related to its self-proclaimed declaration of purpose and the high membership of subsequent Labour MPs within its ranks. David Willetts, the then Shadow home secretary, explained BAP's intent to "help reinforce Anglo-American links, especially if some members already do or will occupy positions of influence". [4]
The extent to which members of the BAP are present in the upper stratus of desicion makers in the United Kingdom can not be exaggerated. On New Labour's election victory in 1997, no less than four fellows of the association, and one from the advisory board, were promoted to ministerial posts [5]. The names of these people, who were to help realise Tony Blair's modernising views, included: George Robertson, Chris Smith and Marjorie 'Mo' Mowlam who were promoted to ministerial positions, and Peter Mandelson,Tony Blairs much derided Spin doctor, and Elizabeth Symons, the foreign office minister for the house of Lords.[6] [7]
A British journalist involved with the association described New Labour's dominance from the British side as coincidental. He claimed that in comparison with the Americans' broad cross party ties, the British contribution represented a fairly small group. He stated, "There was a stage where ... a lot of the people who emerged as part of the New Labour leadership group happened - and I say happened, because it is partly chance - to be members of BAP ... The American side is more spread out: Americans who just enjoy contact with Brits. We have Republicans, Democrats, people who work on Capitol Hill." [8]
People

Advisory Board
2014
United Kingdom
Michael Maclay (Chair), James Naughtie, Isabel Hilton, Lynne Berry, Colleen Graffy, John Mitchinson, Trevor Phillips, Martin Vander Weyer, Professor June Andrews, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Tom Burke, Dan Fitz[9]
Former members
The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, PC, Chair, Simon Lewis, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Simon Duffy[10]
United States
Dr. George R. Packard (Chair), Dr. John Brademas, Harlan Crow, Richard Fisher, Linda LeSourd Lader, Michael Lomax, Marc Morial, Diana Negroponte - described in the New Statesman as 'wife of John Negroponte, Bush's former national security chief notorious for his associations with death-squad politics in central America'[11] Negroponte is also involved with Freedom House, the Brookings Institution, the United States Institute of Peace, the Council on Foreign Relations and was involved in the development of NAFTA when working for the American Chamber of Commerce[12] Timothy L. Porter, The Hon. Paul S. Sarbanes, Robert I. Smith[9]
Former members
Paul Wolfowitz
Patrons
BAP's Patrons in 2014 are listed as: The Rt Hon The Lord Carrington, KG, The Honorable Philip Lader, Senator George Mitchell, The Rt Hon The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, PC., The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean[9]
Members
UK members of the British-American Project include: | Douglas Alexander Foreign Office and trade minister | Wendy Alexander Member of the Scottish Parliament and former Scottish Executive minister | Geoff Mulgan former head of Downing Street's policy and strategy unit | Diane Coyle former economics editor of the Independent | Peter Mandelson EU trade commissioner | Jonathan Powell Tony Blair's chief of staff | Jeremy Paxman broadcast journalist and author | Mo Mowlam former Labour Northern Ireland secretary | Adair Turner head of pensions commission and ex head of CBI | Trevor Phillips chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality | James Naughtie broadcast journalist and author | Matthew Taylor Downing Street head of policy | Chris Smith former Labour culture secretary | Baroness Elizabeth Symons Foreign Office minister | Lord George Robertson former Nato secretary-general | Baroness Scotland Home Office minister | Julia Hobsbawm public relations consultant | Steve Hilton Conservative special adviser | Benjamin Zephaniah poet and activist | Colonel Bob Stewart former commander of British forces in Bosnia | David Willetts Conservative shadow work and pensions secretary | Alan Sked founder of Ukip | Stephen Dorrell former Conservative Health Secretary | Yasmin Alibhai-Brown columnist and broadcaster | Charles Moore former editor of the Daily Telegraph | Nick Butler BP group vice-president, strategy and policy development | Lord Lipsey Labour peer and author
Corporate members
Oli Barrett, 2006. Director, The Co-Sponsorship Agency, Co-Founder of StartUp Britain
Richard Hoare, 2007. Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Charles Barwell, 2001. Private banker, Barclays, deputy chairman of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and a former member of the Board of the Conservative Party[13]
Executive Committee
2006
United Kingdom: Chair: Steve Hinton, MD, QED Consulting, Doncaster | Vice Chair: | Treasurer: Julia Hoggett, Global Head of Dept Capital Markets, DEPFA Bank, Dublin | Conference Co-Chair: L-J O' Neill, Cabinet Office, London | John Baines, Divisional Commander, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, Newcastle | Chris Lincoln-Jones, Defence Consultant, Chiron Resources, Devon | L-J O'Neill, Cabinet Office, London | David Ruebain, Head of Education & Disability Law, Levenes Solicitors, London | Brenda Stern, Head of Public Affairs & Public Policy, Berwin Leighton Paisner, London | Rob Terry, Senior Policy Adviser, The Welcome Trust, London | Derek Mills, Investment Strategies Adviser, Birmingham | Jane Hill, Television News Presenter, BBC, London[14]
United States: Chair: Arnold Evans, Director, Equity Capital Markets, SunTrust Robimson Humphrey, Atlanta, GA | Vice Chair: Pauline Abernathy, Assistant Director, National Program, Health & Human Services, The Pew Charitable Trust, Philadelphia, PA | Treasurer: Elizabeth Frank-Jones, Intellectual Capital Holdings, Dallas, TX | Conference Co-Chair: Rushika Fernandopulle, Physician, Renaissance Health, Arlington, MA | Alastair Adam, Founding Partner, The Callidon Group, Boston, MA | MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago, IL | Joe Hurd, Managing Partner, The Katama Group, LLC, Arlington, VA | Lolita Jackson, President, Metropolitan Republic Club, New York, NY | Farah Jimenez, Executive Director, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA | Angus King, Vice President, The Wishcamper Group, South Portland, ME | Hunter Morrison, Director, Center for Urban & Regional Studies, Youngstown State University, Cleveland, OH | Ben Webb, Major, US Army, Fayetteville, NC | Charles Wheelan, Lecturer, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL[14]
2007
United Kingdom: Chair: Steve Hinton, MD, QED Consulting, Doncaster | Vice Chair: | Treasurer: Julia Hoggett, Global Head of Dept Capital Markets, DEPFA Bank, Dublin | Conference Co-Chair: Lucy Winskell, Solicitor, Sintons Solicitors, Newcastle | L-J O'Neill, Career Civil Servant, Cabinet Office, London | John Baines, Group Manager, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, Newcastle | Chris Lincoln-Jones, Defence Consultant, Chiron Resources, Devon | David Ruebain, Head of Education & Disability Law, Levenes Solicitors, London | Derek Mills, Investment Strategies Adviser, Birmingham | Jane Hill, Television News Presenter, BBC, London | Debbie Gupta, Civil Servant, Department for Works & Pensions, London | Dominic Dyer, Marketing & Public Affairs, Food & Drinks Federation, London | Steve Haines, Policy Manager for Education and Employment, Disability Rights Commission, London[15]
United States: Chair: Jack Lusk, Managing Director, Harris Rand LLC, New York, NY | Vice Chair: Arnold Evans, Director, Equity Capital Markets, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Atlanta, GA | Treasurer: Elizabeth Frank-Jones, Intellectual Capital Holdings, Dallas, TX | Conference Co-Chair: Lolita Jackson, Manhattan Director, Community Assistance Unit, NYC Mayor's Office, New York, NY | Farah Jimenez, Executive Director, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA | Alastair Adam, Founding Partner, The Callidon Group, Boston, MA | Mark Adams, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates | Joe Hurd, Managing Partner, The Katama Group, LLC, Arlington, VA | [[Angus King, Principal, Evergreen Partners, South Portland, ME | [[Suzanne Immerman, Senior Strategic Consultant, Verizon Foundation | Ben Webb, Lt. Colonel, US Army, Fayetteville, NC | Alexander Packard, Chief Operating Officer, Monitor Executive Development, Cambridge, MA | Michael Sorrell, President and Chief Problem Solver, Victor Credo, LLC, Dallis, TX | William Perkins Tift, High School Co-ordinator, Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, LA[15]
2009
United Kingdom: Chair: Debbie Gupta, Director, PREVENT, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office, London | Vice Chair: John Baines, Area Manager, Community Safety, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Newcastle | Treasurer: Duncan Glassey, Founder, Wealthflow LLP, Edinburgh | Conference Co-Chair: Lisa Henderson, Advocate, Parliament House, Edinburgh | Sarah Churchwell, Senior Lecturer, Writer & Broadcaster, London | Herb Enmarch-Williams, Director, Inventurecatalyst Ltd, Ascot | Joanna Jepson, Priest, Church of England & Royal College of Fashion, London | Lucy Marcus, CEO, Marcus Venture Consulting, Leicestershire | Alan Mendoza, Executive Director, The Henry Jackson Society, London | Karen Mitchell, Managing Director & Founder, Giraffe Ltd, London | Elizabeth Kanter, Director Government Relations, Research In Motion, London | Richard O'Connor, Co Founder, www.chocolateandlove.com, Edinburgh | Olivia Pinkney, Assistant Chief Constable, Sussex Police, East Sussex | Sally Reynolds, Chief Executive, Social Firms UK, Redhill | Miles Watkins, Director of Sustainable Construction, Aggregate Industries Europe, Derbyshire | Kate Wiggs, Visual Artist, Hertfordshire[16]
United States: Chair: Lolita Jackson, Manhattan Director of Community Affairs, NYC Mayor’s Office, NY | Vice President: Hunter Morrison, Director of Campus Planning and Community, Youngstown State University, OH | Conference Co-Chair: Ms. Farah Jimenez, Executive Director, Mt. Airy USA, PA | Jonas Chartock, Executive Director, Sunny Charter School, NY | Ellene Felder-Scharnott, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, NY | Cathy Fontenot, Assistant Warden, Programming, Louisiana State Penitentiary, LA | David Motzenbecker, Landscape Architect at oslund.and.assoc., Minneapolis, MN | Jonathan Murad, Detective, NYC Police Department, NY | Jabari Osaze, Chief Executive Officer, Harlem Alive Tours, NY | Stefan Pryor, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of Newark, NJ | Amy Wallace,
Freelance Magazine Writer, CA[16]
2014
United Kingdom: Chair: Edie Lush, Journalist & Communications Coach, London | Vice Chair: Murphy Cobbing, Senior BBC Producer, Newcastle | Treasurer: Steve Mannix, Freelance Consultant, London | Conference Co-Chair: Michael Smeeth, Director, Healthcare Infrastructure, GE Global Operations, London | Rowan Pelling, Writer, Journalist and Presenter | Stephen Colegrave, Managing Director & Founder, Boston Books Ltd, London | Aaron Ross, Founder, Ruffl, London | Richard Norman, Head of Strategy for Defence Information Business, BAE Systems, Lancaster | Rob Beckley, Chief Operating Officer, College of Policing, London | Brian Barton, D, The Turquoise Holiday Company, Beaconsfield | Jason Mitchell, Co-Manager, GLG Global Equities Fund, London | Haani Ul Hasnain, Chief Inspiration Engineer, Harmonised World, Newcastle | Laura-Jane Rich, Presenter, Programme-Maker & Professional Composer, London | Nicola Pitts, Head of Process, National Grid, London[17]
United States: Chair: Jon Murad, Detective, New York Police Department, NY | Treasurer: Jordan Shields, Vice President, Juniper Advisory, Chicago, IL | Michael Allegretti, Vice President for Programs, Manhattan Institute, NY | Beto Cardenas, Counsel, Vinson & Elkins, Houston, TX | Paige Davis, Co-Founder, BlueAvocado, Austin, TX | Hector Dominguez, Founder, VerdTek, Austin, TX, James Gwertzman, Chief Evangelist, Code.org, Shanghai, CHINA | Michael Logan, Director, Civic Affairs, Target Corp, Minneapolis, MN | Maggie Miller, Founder, DiscoverHope, Austin TX | Jioni Palmer, Senior Advisor & Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp., Washington, DC | Willis Walker, Director, CMS Hospitality, Las Vegas, NV | Danielle Woodrow, Independent, Los Angeles, CA[18]
Fellows
Sarah Churchwell, UK. Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, and a journalist and broadcaster
Martin Vander Weyer, UK. Advisory Board member and former UK Executive Chair, business editor and columnist for The Spectator magazine, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, and an author and playwright
Lolita Jackson, USA. Director of Special Projects for the NYC Mayor's Office, in charge of NYC operational agencies for the Second Avenue Subway and Atlantic Yards construction project
Peter Jukes, UK. Dramatist, author, screenwriter, speech writer, lyricist, blogger
Peter Florence, UK. Runs the Hay Festivals which are held every year in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, India and Africa[19]
Former fellows
Jonathan Powell | Senator Jay Dardenne | Charles Moore | Tom Proulx | Jeremy Paxman | Jack Fuller | Lord the Rt Hon Chris Smith of Finsbury | Rowan Pelling The Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE | Robert Hoffman | The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP[20]
Others
Brenda Stern, South African lobbyist and CRE secondee.
Journalist members
In 2007, Pilger wrote that:
'The BAP rarely gets publicity, which may have something to do with the high proportion of journalists who are alumni. Prominent BAP journalists are David Lipsey, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and assorted Murdochites. The BBC is well represented. On the Today programme, James Naughtie, whose broadcasting has long reflected his own transatlantic interests, has been an alumnus since 1989. Today's newest voice, Evan Davis, formerly the BBC's zealous economics editor, is a member. And at the top of the BAP website home page is a photograph of Jeremy Paxman and his endorsement. "A marvellous way of meeting a varied cross-section of transatlantic friends," says he'[21].
Funders

Up to 2000
Major sponsors who have committed to support the project for three years or more
British Aerospace plc | British Airways plc | BP Amoco plc | Camelot Group plc | Philip Morris Ltd | Rio Tinto plc[22]
1999 Sponsors
Pearson plc | Catellus Development | Greater New Orleans Foundation | Interior plc | Daniel Branch (91) | Mark DeSantis (95) | Cheryl Henson (97) | David Johnson (93) Jenny Lo (89) | Timothy Porter (86) | Alice Thomson (9Cool | Lewis Van Dusen | Theresa Wareham (9Cool | Cate Wyatt (9Cool[22]
Hospitality and donations in kind
Cable & Wireless plc | National Gallery Company Limited | Penguin Books | York Inward Investment Board (http://www.york-england.com)[22]
2004/5 Sponsors
United States: American Airlines | Boeing | BritishAmerican Business, Inc. | McCormick Tribune Foundation | United Parcel Service
United Kingdom: BP | Centrica | Foreign & Commonwealth Office | US Embassy | JPMorgan | Veredus | UPS | BAe Systems | Calthorpe Estates | Vodafone
Hospitality and donations in kind: Cable & Wireless plc | Carney Richards | Chicago Tribune | Eversheds | IISS | Northwestern Memorial Hospital | The Alchemists | The Kings Fund | the OTHER media | Time | Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service | BBC | Berwin Leighton Paisner | Teamwork Go-Karting | Traidcraft | Monks & Crane Industries[23]
Past and Present Supporters
In 2004, the Guardian reported BAP's sponsors since 1985 as having included Coca-Cola, Unilever, Monsanto, Saatchi & Saatchi, Philip Morris, Coopers & Lybrand, American Express, Apple, British Airways, BP, Cadbury Schweppes and Camelot.[24]
2006/7 Sponsors
United States: UPS | SAIS | Citigroup | Harvard | Dunkin Brands | Discovery Communications | Discovery Networks | Russell Reynolds Associates | City Year | Diageo | John Hancock | Citizens Bank | Marsh
United Kingdom: US Embassy | BP | Vodafone | JPMorgan | Leadership Centre for Local Government | BAE Systems | Calthorpe Estates | Hospitality and Donations In Kind | Redsocks | Berwin Leighton Paisner | Grayling | Traidcraft | Monks & Crane Industries | Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service | The Alchemists | Sintons Solicitors | QED Consulting | Teamwork Go-Karting | QI Club [25]
2009
In 2009, BAP website lists its 'Sponsors - Past and Present' as[26]:
United States: UPS | SAIS | Willis Lease | The Pew Charitable Trust | Harris Rand Lusk
United Kingdom: YouGovStone | DLP Piper | US Embassy | BP | Vodafone | JPMorgan | Leadership Centre for Local Government | BAE Systems | Acritas Research | Coutts | Dickinson Dees | Gibson (Newcastle) | Newcastle City Council | NRG Group | One North East | Sage PLC | South Tyneside Council | Sunderland City Council | PricewaterhouseCoopers | Tribal Resourcing | Tyne & Wear Partnership
Gifts in kind: Aggregate Industries | Giraffe Advertising Agency | Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service | The Alchemists | Sintons Solicitors | QED Consulting | QI Club | Aggregate Industries Ltd | Arriva | Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art | Barbour | Beachcroft LLP | Capthorne Hotel | Durham Business School | Gateshead Council | Gibson & Co | KPMG | National Glass Centre | Newcastle Gateshead Initiative | North East Chamber of Commerce | NRG plc | QED Consulting | RMT Accountants | University of Sunderland | UBS | UNW Chartered Accountants | Ward Hadaway Law Firm
2011
In 2011, BAP website listed its 'Sponsors - Past and Present' as[27]:
United States: UPS | SAIS | Willis Lease | The Pew Charitable Trust | Harris Rand Lusk
United Kingdom: VisitScotland | Apex Hotels | Leadership Centre for Local Government | US Embassy | BAE Systems | Aggregate Industries | University of Stirling | Connoisseurs Scotland | Wealthflow LLP | QED Consulting | Sintons Solicitors | The Gleneagles Hotel | Croplife International | Crop Protection Association | Amey | Giraffe Ltd | Romar International Ltd | Sheep Dip Malt Whisky | YouGovStone | DLP Piper | BP | Vodafone | JPMorgan | Acritas Research | Coutts | Dickinson Dees | Gibson (Newcastle) | Newcastle City Council | NRG Group | One North East | Sage PLC | South Tyneside Council | Sunderland City Council | PricewaterhouseCoopers | Tribal Resourcing | Tyne & Wear Partnership
Hospitality and Donations In Kind: Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service | QI Club | Arriva | Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art | Barbour | Beachcroft LLP | Capthorne Hotel | Durham Business School | Gateshead Council | Gibson & Co | KPMG | National Glass Centre | Newcastle Gateshead Initiative | North East Chamber of Commerce | NRG plc | RMT Accountants | The Alchemists | University of Sunderland | UBS | UNW Chartered Accountants | Ward Hadaway Law Firm
List of conferences and themes

2014 Las Vegas, NV
2013 Cambridge, England - Innovation: From Cradle to Grave
2012 New Orleans, Louisiana - Creative Destruction
2011 London, England - Choice: Tyranny or Liberation?
2010 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- Freedoms: New and Old
2009 Edinburgh, Scotland- From Abundance to Scarcity: Sustainability and Development in the 21st Century
2008 Los Angeles, California - Rethinking Popular Culture
2007 Newcastle, England - Faith and Justice
2006 Boston, Massachusetts - Crisis in Education: Reforming our System for the 22nd Century
2005 Birmingham, England - Social Enterprise
2004 Chicago, Illinois- City and Regions of the Future
2003 Cardiff, Wales- Our Shared Future
2002 Washington, DC - The Public Interest: Whose Is It?
2001 Oxford, England - Do the Right Thing: Ethics in Professional Life
2000 Basking Ridge, New Jersey - Innovation and Its (Dis)Content
1999 Harrogate, England- Art & Soul - Making Culture Count
1998 New Orleans, Louisiana- Are You Global?
1997 Peebles, Scotland - The Politics of Identity
1996 Dallas, Texas - Science and Society - Separation or Synergy?
1995 Old Windsor, England- The City We Inhabit Inhabits Us - The Renewal of Civil Society
1994 Oakland, California - Beyond Conflict, Shaping the Pluralistic Community
1993 Newcastle, Ireland- The Management of Conflict
1992 Atlanta, Georgia- Effecting Change Through Individual Responsibility
1991 Buxted Park, England- The Process of Change
1990 Airlie, Virginia- The Management of Diversity
1989 Buxted Park, England- The Management of Change
1988 St Louis, Missouri- Present Alliance, Future Challenges
1987 Turnberry, Scotland- The Pace of Change
1986 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- Common Bonds and Common Challenges
1985 Middle Aston, England- Common Bonds and Common Burdens[28]
Resources

A separate article on the history of the BAP from Lobster magazine can be read here: The British American Project for the Successor Generation
External links

Sourcewatch entry: British American Project
Andy Beckett 'Friends in high places' The Guardian, Saturday November 6, 2004.
Tom Easton 'The British American Project for the Successor Generation' from: Lobster: parapolitics and state research journal http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk Tom Easton
DAVID T. JOHNSON, MINISTER, US Embassy, London, Speeches & Remarks 04 November 2005 'Remarks at the British-American Project Annual Conference in Birmingham' [1]
Duncan Parrish, The British-American Project: right-wing conspiracy or right-on broker of the special relationship? - the British-American Project for the Successor Generation New Statesman, May 17, 1999
Ian Burrell Net that walks the corridors of power Independent, The (London), Oct 6, 1997.
Ruben Navarrette Terrorism not just an American problem Oakland Tribune, Jul 13, 2005.
John Pilger How the Anglo-American elite shares its 'values'New Statesman 13th December 2007
Contact

Project Directors
Sue McLeod UK Project Director
Tel: 020 8579 4017
E-mail: mcleod.bap@btopenworld.com
Laura Ricks US Project Director
E-mail: usabap@gmail.com
Web:britishamericanproject.org
Previous website: baponline.org (Internet Archive holdings up to March 2012 when the domain was discontinued)
http://powerbase.info/index.php/British_American_Project

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