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The Commonwealth Institute 2005f
PO Box 398105, Inman Square Post Office Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
tel:1-617 547 4474 fax:1-617 868 1267

Organizational Status: Independent institute, founded in 1989.

General Description: The Institute is a research center that undertakes critical studies concerning international security, inequality and poverty, and the environment. Currently, the Institute's three main projects are the Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA), which seeks to adapt security policy to the challenges and opportunities of the post-Cold War era by promoting the broadest range of defense options; the Project on Inequality and Poverty (PIP), which focuses on research and writing on social dynamics involving race and poverty in the United States; and the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN), a statewide coordinating body for local groups working to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and thereby protecting the global climate.

Annual Budget: USD 200 thousand (2002)

Staff: 6 (5 research, 1 administrative/support), 1 intern

Executive Officers:
Mr. KNIGHT, Charles (President)
Dr. CRAWFORD, Neta (Treasurer)
Dr. MILLER, S.M. (Clerk)

(As of August, 2006)

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