John McAuliff is founder and executive director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, Dobbs Ferry, NY, a twenty five year old non-governmental organization that worked to normalize US relations with Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and now Cuba.
He was active in the US civil rights movement, including the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project; served in the Peace Corps in Peru then headed the Committee of Returned Volunteers. For a decade he directed the Indochina Program in the Peace Education Division of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization, arriving in Hanoi for the first of some 50 visits on the day the war ended.
He has a strong interest in Irish music, dance and politics, including the peaceful end of partition.
His education includes a BA from Carleton College and a year in a MA level program at the Institute for Policy Studies.
He speaks and writes often about US relations with Cuba, with special attention to travel and the role of educational exchange and non-governmental organizations.