- International Policy Network
The International Policy Network (IPN) is a non-profit organisation based in the
United Kingdomthat funds groups and workshops to promote market solutions to international policy debates.
According to its
website, "IPN aims to empower individuals and promote respect for people and property in order to eliminate poverty, improve human healthand protect the environment. IPN promotes public awareness of the importance of this vision for all people, both rich and poor.
"IPN seeks to achieve its vision by promoting the role of market institutions in certain key international
policydebates: sustainable development, health, and globalisation and trade. IPN works with academics, think tanks, journalists and policymakers on every continent."
To achieve its vision, IPN claims to undertake the following activities:
*Supports like-minded individuals and groups around the world with websites, small grants and advice
*Sponsors and co-ordinates conferences,
workshops and seminars
*Works with experts to produce
books, monographs and opinionarticles for the media
*Co-ordinates the participation of
experts at key international conferences
*Engages with and promotes its partners to the
The IPN's main areas of interest are
* Sustainable development and the environment
* Health [http://www.fightingdiseases.org/blog] [http://www.fightingdiseases.org]
Free tradeand globalisation
Intellectual propertyand technology
In November 2004, IPN released a report claiming that "climate change is 'a myth', sea levels are not rising and Britain's chief scientist is 'an embarrassment' for believing catastrophe is inevitable." It called "the science warning of an environmental disaster caused by climate change ... 'fatally flawed'" and contested predictions that the global sea level would increase by a meter over the next century, saying that "
sea level rises will reach a maximum of just 20cms." Moreover, the report listed some benefits of global warming, including "increasing fish stocks in the north Atlantic and reducing the incidence of temperature-related deaths among vulnerable people."
The British newspaper "The Guardian" claimed that IPN had received $50,000 from
ExxonMobil, which "list [ed] the donation as part of its 'climate change outreach' programme." [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1361276,00.html]
George Monbiothas criticised IPN, accusing them of undeclared interests and deception, for example, in [http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/george_monbiot/2006/09/post_437.html this piece] for The Guardian, in which he also berates the BBC's complicity:
"...stop describing [lobbyists] as "thinktanks". This is unfair and partial. When, for example, someone from Friends of the Earth - which is rightly described as a "campaigning organisation" or a "pressure group" - is up against someone from the International Policy Network, which is described as a "thinktank" or an "educational charity", the person from the IPN looks like the more objective commentator, even though he is the one with a direct financial interest in the outcome of the discussion (IPN, for example, which argues that we should not seek to reduce our carbon emissions, has received $295,000 from Exxon). I think a better description would be "lobby group" or "corporate-funded campaigning group". Let everyone speak, but let us know who they are and who's behind them."
Links to other organisations
*The Institute of Economic Affairs
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
IPN was founded by
Antony Fisherin the UK as the "International Institute for Economic Research" (IIER) in 1971. Fisher went on to found the Atlas Economic Research Foundationin the USA in 1981, and from this point the IIER traded as Atlas Foundation UK. The organisation underwent a further rebranding in 2001, when it changed its name to IPN. In the USA, the Atlas Foundation also provides training and funding to start libertarian think-tanks. Fisher founded the influential Institute of Economic Affairs(IEA), a classical liberal think tank based in London. The founding Director of IPN, Julian Morris was previously Director of the IEA's Environment and Technology Programme.
Julian Morris, "Executive Director"Julian Morris founded International Policy Network in 2001. He has been the Director of the IEA’s Environment and Technology Programme. Julian graduated from Edinburgh University in 1992 with a degree in economics. He has two Masters Degrees in economics and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Westminster. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham. He is married to IPN's Environment Programme Director, Kendra Okonski.
Mark Baillie, "Editor"Mark Baillie has worked in more than 14 countries in the fields of security, finance, economics, business and politics as a soldier, foreign correspondent, diplomat and business consultant. He works in English, French, Spanish and Italian and works to spread the message of IPN and its associates in international news media.
*Kendra Okonski, "Environment Programme Director"Kendra Okonski has worked in environmental policy since 1997. She has edited several IPN publications, including two books, Adapt or Die (2003) and Environment and Health (2004). She writes frequently in the international media and also writes for The Commons Blog (a blog about
free-market environmentalismideas). She has a BA in Economics from Hillsdale College (Michigan, USA) and grew up in Montana and Chile.
*Philip Stevens, "Health Programme Director"Philip is the author of numerous health policy publications, including Free Trade for Better Health (2005) [http://www.fightingdiseases.org/pdf/Trade&health_web.pdf] , The real determinants of health (2005) [http://www.fightingdiseases.org/pdf/Determinants_of_Health_web.pdf] and The 10/90 Gap and the diseases of poverty (2004). [http://www.fightingdiseases.org/pdf/Diseases_of_Poverty_FINAL.pdf] His writings on health policy have appeared in a wide range of international newspapers. Philip has also held research positions at the Adam Smith Institute and Reform in London, and spent several years as a management consultant. He holds degrees from the
London School of Economicsand Durham University.
*Alec van Gelder, "Research Fellow"Alec van Gelder has a B.S. in finance from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania in the U.S and a Master’s degree in International Economics and Development from Université Catholique de Louvain La Neuve (UCL) in Belgium. Alec has worked for the Regional
United NationsInformation Centre in Brussels.
* Linda Whetstone (Chairman)
* Robert Boyd
* Mike Fisher
* George F. Ohrstrom
* Daniel Oliver
* Bridgett Wagner
*Kristen Veblen, (left in 2007)
*Stephanie Drnasin, Events (left in 2006)
*Ellen Bisnath, Communications (left in 2007)
*Nicole Grey, Development and Events (left in 2005)
Roger Bate, Director (left in 2003)
*Margalit Edelman, Media Director (left in 2002)
*Philippa Jeffery, Coordinator (left in 2002)
*Marcia Leighton, Coordinator (left in 2002)
ome of IPN's Partners
Institute of Public Policy Analysis, Nigeria
Inter-Region Economic Network, Kenya
Free Market Foundation, South Africa
Africa Resource Bank
Action Research Community Health, India
Institute of Public Affairs, Australia
Making Our Economy Right, Bangladesh
Open Republic Institute, Ireland
Association for Liberal Thinking(Liberal Dï¿½ï¿½nce Dergisi), Turkey
Centre for the New Europe, Belgium
*Liberty Institute, India
Centre for Civil Society, India
Institute of Economic Affairs
Inter Region Economic Network- Kenya
Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis(KIPPRA)
Montreal Economic Institute
Centro de Divulgacion del Conocimiento Economico, Venezuela
Libertad y Desarrollo, Chile
Fundacion Libertad Democracia y Desarrollo, Bolivia
Instituto de Libre Empresa, Peru
Cordell Hull Institute, USA
The Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong
Instituto Liberdade, Brazil
* [http://www.policynetwork.net/ IPN website]
* [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=International_Policy_Network Entry for IPN] on the
George Monbiot: [http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/george_monbiot/2006/09/post_437.html Smoke in our eyes] ( The Guardian, 27 September 2006)
George Monbiot: [http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1880825,00.html Pundits who contest climate change should tell us who is paying them] ( The Guardian, 26 September 2006)
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