American Committee on East-West Accord

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The American Committee on East-West Accord, based in Washington, D.C., was a tax-exempt "independent educational organization", stating that they "aimed at improving East/West relations, with special focus on U.S.-Soviet relations." The ACEWA and its leaders have consistently urged U.S. trade, foreign policy and arms control concessions to the USSR in order to promote peace.[1]

About

ACEWA's newsletter, East-West Outlook, which was edited by Carl M. Marcy carried articles promoting extreme scare concepts such as that any use of nuclear weapons will bring total extinction of all life on earth and that it was therefore the responsibility of Americans to take the initiative in getting rid of nuclear weapons.

ACEWA's influence in the business and academic community is shown in a report on U.S. peace organizations prepared for potential donors in January 1982 by Ann B. Zill of the Stewart Mott Foundation. Zill wrote:

"In the late April to early May period, the Committee will have its annual meeting at some point when George F. Kennan, John Kenneth Galbraith, Don Kendall (Pepsi Cola) and Bob Schmidt (Control Data) can all attend. They will again discuss the... Kennan proposal and will hear from some high ranking government official, possibly off the record. The Committee does have to be careful about taking positions that would cause its conservative members to resign."

The Zill report noted that ACEWA had received two years of funding from the Ford Foundation for a series of meetings with all the former ambassadors to the Soviet Union, however curiously it was stated of the meetings, "these probably won't be publicized."

A project being run in 1982 was the production of 60-second radio spots for broadcast during morning and evening "drive-time" periods. Zill reported these would vary in approach "from a soft sell approach (we all have common interests, don't we) to hard sell (do you know the Soviets have two aircraft to [our] 14)." Mark Lewis, formerly with the U.S. Information Agency, Zill reported, was working on the radio spots and "monies have been received to date from the Rockefeller Brothers and the Ruth Mott Fund."[1]

Personnel

Members

As at March 10, 1982, the following were members of the ACEWA. They were listed as ACEWA members who had endorsed the Kennedy-Hatfield Nuclear Freeze Resolution introduced in the Senate on March 10, 1982:[2]

Funders

The following organizations have funded the Committee:[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The War Called Peace: Glossary, published 1982
  2. East-West Outlook newsletter, March-April 1982, Vol. 5, No. 2