Sunday, January 6, 2008

Right Web: Exposing the Architecture of Power That's Changing Our World

Right Web, founded in 2003, is a program of the International Relations Center (IRC) that monitors the efforts of individuals, organizations, and governments to promote hardline foreign and defense policies with a special focus on the "war on terror." With forces both in and out of government pushing for military interventions in hotspots from the Middle East to South Asia to the Horn of Africa, a key item on Right Web's agenda is to track the discourse of political actors who advocate aggressive U.S. security strategies abroad, detailing their backgrounds, institutional allegiances, and ideological connections. By establishing Right Web, the IRC aims to foster informed public debate about the direction these forces are taking both the United States and the world.

Many of the organizations and individuals profiled by Right Web are affiliated with the Republican Party, but not all. Efforts to push militaristic policies cross party lines, and so the Right Web project examines rightist organizations and figures, as well as leading liberal hawks. Reporters, researchers, and analysts have come to rely on Right Web for its well-documented research and analysis provided in the form of hundreds of dossiers, policy reports, op-eds, and news commentaries.

The IRC has worked for nearly three decades to illuminate the causes and consequences of U.S. policy and "to make the United States a more responsible global leader and global partner." Right Web represents a revival of a former IRC program called GroupWatch (1985-1991), which profiled more than 125 private, quasi-governmental, and religious organizations that were closely associated with the implementation of U.S. foreign policy, especially in Central America.

Right Web Profiles Index

Highlights from the IRC Right Web Program

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