Albert Einstein Institution
The Albert Einstein Institution as described in its own website:
- Founded in 1983 by Dr. Gene Sharp, The Albert Einstein Institution is dedicated to advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. It is committed to the defense of freedom, democracy, and the reduction of political violence through the use of nonviolent action.To further its mission, the Institution has supported research projects (for examples, see our publications section), actively consulted with resistance and pro-democracy groups (including groups in Burma, Thailand, Tibet, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Serbia, and the Occupied Territories), and worked to publicize the power and potential of nonviolent struggle around the world through educational materials, analyses, translations, workshops, and media visibility.
An alternative description is:
- The Albert Einstein Institution (AEI) has played the key role in recent years in training and deploying youth movements to help prepare the conditions for coups through fostering the impression that the targeted regimes are deeply unpopular, and through destabilizing those regimes through their demonstrations and the like. The group, which is funded by the Soros foundations and the US government, is led by former DIA officer Col. Robert Helvey, and Harvard University's Dr. Gene Sharp.
Some of this institute's activities were recently described in an article about the recent coup in Ukraine:
- The creation and deployment of coups of any kind requires agents on the ground. The main handler of these coups on the "street side" has been the Albert Einstein Institution, which was formed in 1983 as an offshot of Harvard University under the impetus of Dr. Gene Sharp, and which specializes in "nonviolence as a form of warfare." Dr. Sharp had been the executive secretary of A.J. Muste, the famous U.S. Trotskyite labor organizer and peacenik. The group is funded by Soros and the NED. Albert Einstein's president is Col. Robert Helvey, a former US Army officer with 30 years of experience in Southeast Asia. He has served as the case officer for youth groups active in the Balkans and Eastern Europe since at least 1999.Col. Helvey reports, in a January 29, 2001, interview with film producer Steve York in Belgrade, that he first got involved in "strategic nonviolence" upon seeing the failure of military approaches to toppling dictators—especially in Myanmar, where he had been stationed as military attaché—and seeing the potential of Sharp's alternative approach. According to B. Raman, the former director of India's foreign intelligence agency, RAW, in a December 2001 paper published by his institute entitled, "The USA's National Endowment For Democracy (NED): An Update," Helvey "was an officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency of the Pentagon, who had served in Vietnam and, subsequently, as the US Defence Attache in Yangon, Myanmar (1983 to 85), during which he clandestinely organised the Myanmarese students to work behind Aung San Suu Kyi and in collaboration with Bo Mya's Karen insurgent group. . . . He also trained in Hong Kong the student leaders from Beijing in mass demonstration techniques which they were to subsequently use in the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989" and "is now believed to be acting as an adviser to the Falun Gong, the religious sect of China, in similar civil disobedience techniques." Col. Helvey nominally retired from the army in 1991, but had been working with Albert Einstein and Soros long before then.
And there are more
- As we shall see below, with such backing, Col. Helvey and his colleagues have created a series of youth movements including Otpor! in Serbia, Kmara! in Georgia, Pora! in Ukraine, and the like, which are already virally replicating other sects throughout the former Soviet Union, achieving in civilian form what had not been possible militarily in the 1980s. The groups are also spreading to Africa and South America.[ibid.]
- Robert Helvey – (Col., Defence Intelligence Agency)
- Edward Atkeson – (Major General, US Army) advisor
- Peter Ackerman – advisor
Board of Directors
- Bob Helvey – President
- Cornelia Sargent – Chair
- Elizabeth Defeis
- Mary King
- Gene Sharp
- Curt Goering (also an Amnesty Interantional exec. director)
- Gene Sharp – Senior Scholar
- Hardy Merriman – Assistant to the Senior Scholar/Media and Outreach Coordinator
- Jamila Raqib – Office Manager/Translations Coordinator
- Emilie Amstutz – Development Officer
- Chris Miller
Contact, References and Resources
- The Albert Einstein Institution
- 427 Newbury Street
- Boston, MA 02115
- Phone: USA +617-247-4882
- Fax: USA +617-247-4035
- E-mail at: einstein AT igc.org
- Website: www.aeinstein.org
- Swarming Youths
- Jonathan Mowat, "The new Gladio in action?: Ukrainian postmodern coup completes testing of new template", Online Journal, March 19, 2005. Contains references to the role played by AEI in Ukraine.
- Jonathan Mowat, "Who is Col. Bob Helvey?", Online Journal, March 19, 2005. Contains discussion of the instigator of AEI.
- Jonathan Mowat, "The Coup Plotters: The Albert Einstein Institution", Online Journal, March 19, 2005. Contains discussion of AEI.