International Relations

The Center for Inter-American Relations

Established in 1965 by founding RBF trustee David Rockefeller, the CIAR was dedicated to fostering education, dialogue, and debate about the political, economic, and social issues facing Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean. It also sought to underscore the importance of inter-American relationships. Initially the CIAR brought together businesspeople and professionals from throughout the hemisphere. Later its constituency expanded to include artists, educators, and writers. Its programs spanned public affairs, the visual and performing arts, and literature. Between 1966 and 1976, the Fund appropriated over $1.7 million to CIAR, including a $1 million capital grant in 1976. In 1985, CIAR was absorbed into the Americas Society/Council on the Americas, which continues to promote similar objectives.

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