Interhemispheric Resource Center

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The Interhemispheric Resource Center (hereinafter IRC) was a progressive think tank that researched and published on US foreign policy, Latin America and the US-Mexico border region. It was founded in 1979 in Albuquerque, NM, by Debra Preusch, Tom Barry, and Beth Wood. The IRC's name changed several times, largely reflecting changes in its scope of focus; a first iteration was New Mexico People and Energy and the final title was International Relations Center. The IRC's research, analyses, and publications sought to bridge the gap between academic research and popular education. The IRC aimed to inform policymaking circles with their progressive agenda, to contribute to an informed citizenry, and to provide activists with analytical tools to influence policy and create social change. The IRC relied heavily on its three founders during its early years. However, in 1988 it underwent a major transition when the Board of Directors was expanded and began to meet annually. In 1991 the Executive Committee was established as a personnel committee advising the Executive Director on staff communication and evaluations, proposing candidates for the Board of Directors, and informing organizational decisions between annual board meetings. In 1996 founders Debra Preusch and Tom Barry as well as full-time staff member Harry Browne moved to Pinos Altos, near Silver City, New Mexico.The IRC distributed its books and reports to academics, community activists, religious workers, journalists, students, and policy makers. Their most prominent publications include newsletters such as the Americas Program, BIOS, Borderlines, Democracy Backgrounder, Foreign Policy in Focus, Group Watch, websites such as Right Web, and books on U.S. foreign policy, Mexico and Central America. In 2007, the IRC transferred the Americas Program and the Global Good Neighbor Initiative to the Center for International Policy. In 2008, the IRC transferred Right Web and Foreign Policy in Focus to the Institute for Policy Studies. While its staff and writers remained involved in some of these projects, IRC closed its doors.

From the description of Interhemispheric Resource Center records, 1966-2008. (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 743223530

The Interhemispheric Resource Center (hereinafter IRC) was a progressive think tank that researched and published on US foreign policy, Latin America and the US-Mexico border region. It was founded in 1979 in Albuquerque, NM, by Debra Preusch, Tom Barry, and Beth Wood. The IRC’s name changed several times, largely reflecting changes in its scope of focus; a first iteration was New Mexico People and Energy and the final title was International Relations Center. The IRC’s research, analyses, and publications sought to bridge the gap between academic research and popular education. The IRC aimed to inform policymaking circles with their progressive agenda, to contribute to an informed citizenry, and to provide activists with analytical tools to influence policy and create social change.

The IRC relied heavily on its three founders during its early years. However, in 1988 it underwent a major transition when the Board of Directors was expanded and began to meet annually. In 1991 the Executive Committee was established as a personnel committee advising the Executive Director on staff communication and evaluations, proposing candidates for the Board of Directors, and informing organizational decisions between annual board meetings. In 1996 founders Debra Preusch and Tom Barry as well as full-time staff member Harry Browne moved to Pinos Altos, near Silver City, New Mexico.

The IRC distributed its books and reports to academics, community activists, religious workers, journalists, students, and policy makers. Their most prominent publications include newsletters such as the Americas Program, BIOS, Borderlines, Democracy Backgrounder, Foreign Policy in Focus, Group Watch, websites such as Right Web, and books on U.S. foreign policy, Mexico and Central America.

In 2007, the IRC transferred the Americas Program and the Global Good Neighbor Initiative to the Center for International Policy. In 2008, the IRC transferred Right Web and Foreign Policy in Focus to the Institute for Policy Studies. While its staff and writers remained involved in some of these projects, IRC closed its doors.

From the guide to the Interhemispheric Resource Center Records, 1966-2008, (University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research)

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associatedWith Barry, Tom, 1950- person
associatedWith Browne, Harry, 1961- person
associatedWith Chomsky, Noam. person
associatedWith International Relations Center (Silver City, N.M.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Endowment for Democracy (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith New Mexico People and Energy Collective corporateBody
associatedWith New Mexico People & Energy Collective. corporateBody
associatedWith Phelps, Dodge & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Preusch, Debra. person
associatedWith Randall, Margaret, 1936- person
associatedWith Resource Center (Albuquerque, N.M.) corporateBody
associatedWith United States corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Agency for International Development. corporateBody
associatedWith Wood, Beth person
associatedWith Wood, Beth. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States – Foreign economic relations – Mexico
Honduras
Mexico
Mexico – Relations – United States
United States
Haiti – Foreign relations – United StatesHaiti – Foreign relations – United States
Guatemala – Politics and government
United States – Relations – Mexico
Mexico – Emigration and immigration
Costa Rica
United States – Foreign relations – Haiti
El Salvador – Politics and government
North America
New Mexico
Honduras – Economic conditions
Panama
Latin America – Foreign relations – United States
Honduras – Politics and government
New Mexico
Guatemala – Economic conditions
United States – Foreign economic relations
El Salvador – Economic conditions
North America
Guatemala
Central America
Haiti
Mexico
Central America – Politics and government
Central America – Social conditions
United States – Foreign relations
El Salvador
Panama – Politics and government
Mexico – Foreign economic relations – United States
Latin America
Costa Rica – Economic conditions
United States
Central America – Economic conditions
Costa Rica – Politics and government
Mexico – Economic integration
Haiti – Politics and government
Subject
Labor unions and international relations--United States
Copper mines and mining
Social justice
Corporations, American
Economic assistance, American
Free trade
Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
Foreign trade and employment--North America
Social justice--Latin America
Environmental protection
Plant shutdowns--United States
Corporations, American--Mexico
Structural adjustment (Economic policy)--Mexico
Research institutes--New Mexico--Archives
Free trade--North America
Structural adjustment (Economic policy)--Central America
Foreign trade and employment
Labor unions and international relations
Copper mines and mining--New Mexico
Research institutes--Archives
Labor unions--Political activity
International relations
Plant shutdowns
Industrial policy--United States
Labor unions --Political activity--Central America
Industrial policy
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Active 1966

Active 2008

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Spanish; Castilian

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