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William Goodfellow

William Goodfellow

Former Executive Director

William Goodfellow is the director of the Afghanistan Peace Campaign, which builds public support for an enduring peace settlement that will end the war, bring U.S. troops home and promote national reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Goodfellow was one of the founders of the Center for International Policy (CIP) in 1975 and served as executive director from 1985 to 2017. Goodfellow testified before congressional committees and published op-ed articles in major U.S. newspapers. During the late 1970s, Goodfellow and his colleagues at CIP successfully lobbied for legislation that requires the executive branch to consider a country’s human rights record before providing economic and military aid. In the 1980s, Goodfellow promoted negotiations to end the civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador. He worked closely with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias and championed the Esquipulas peace process in the United States. He attended every Central American summit meeting and spoke and published articles about the peace process, which silenced the guns in Central America.

Goodfellow directed CIP’s Common Defense Campaign to reduce U.S. military spending and change the way America relates to the rest of the world. He was also the co-chair of the Afghanistan Study Group (2009-2013), which promoted a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan.

From 1973 to 1975, Goodfellow was an associate at the Indochina Resource Center, a NGO staffed by academics and activists who produced scholarly research for the anti-Vietnam War movement. He spent the last six months of the war in Indochina and was evacuated from both Cambodia and Vietnam in the spring of 1975.



August 30, 2016

Wars eventually end with negotiated settlements

by Bill Goodfellow

The announcement that the Colombian government and the FARC revolutionaries have reached a deal to end that country’s 52-year-old civil war is a reminder that all wars, however intractable they may seem at the time, eventually end with negotiated settlements. An estimated 220,000 people died in Colombia’s civil war and over five million were displaced. ... READ MORE »

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