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John Sullivan
John D. Sullivan is the executive director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. As associate director of the Democracy Program, Sullivan helped to establish both CIPE and the National Endowment for Democracy in 1983. After serving as CIPE program director, he became executive director in 1991. Under his leadership CIPE developed a number of innovative approaches that link democratic development to market reforms: combating corruption, promoting corporate governance, building business associations, supporting the informal sector, and programs to assist women and youth entrepreneurs. Today, CIPE has more than 90 full-time staff with offices in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.

Sullivan began his career in Los Angeles’ inner city neighborhoods, helping to develop minority business programs with the Institute for Economic Research and the Office of Minority Business Enterprise. In 1976 he joined the President Ford Election Committee in the research department on campaign strategy, polling, and market research. Sullivan joined the public affairs department of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1977 as a specialist in business and economic education.

Sullivan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Russian Institute of Directors' Advisory Board, the Bretton Woods Association, and the American Political Science Association. He is also a member of the UN Global Compact Working Group on the Tenth Principle and the OECD MENA Investment Task Force.

Born in Bisbee, Arizona, in 1948, Sullivan was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He now resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Patricia. He received a doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of numerous publications on the transition to democracy, corporate governance, and market-oriented democratic development. Sullivan is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University Graduate School of Public Affairs.

About CIPE: The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

Entries by John Sullivan

Unleashing the Potential of the World's Informal Sector to Create Jobs and Tackle Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Creating jobs is one of the greatest global challenges facing the world today. While job creation is a top priority for policy makers here in the United States, worldwide poverty reduction is essential for our economic future as well.

One of the biggest impediments to poverty reduction, sustained growth,...

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Economic Empowerment Is Needed to Fight Terrorism

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 12:39 PM

While the main focus on fighting terrorism is through the use of intelligence, military muscle and force, another tool that is even more powerful in the long run is simple economics. It is well-established that there is a direct link between job creation and property rights and a drastic reduction...

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How Good Corporate Governance Can Help Save Middle Eastern Economies in Crisis

(11) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 10:45 AM

Weak corporate governance can be linked to financial collapses, the inability to attract investment, persistent corruption, privatization failures, weak property rights, and many other development challenges faced by countries around the world. These challenges are particularly relevant in the Middle East, where many countries are trying to transition to free-market...

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Combating Corruption in Transition Countries

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 11:58 AM

Transitions of political rule, especially those involving public outcry and uprisings, are highly uncertain processes. Turbulence persisting is the post-revolution Egypt and Tunisia or emerging tensions in Burma illustrate that transition is not a one-off event; instead, it frequently is a long and bumpy...

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What Does the Informal Sector Mean for Global Economic Growth?

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 11:05 AM

In December 2010, the Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi self-immolated in protest of his poor treatment at the hands of the authorities. As an informal sector entrepreneur, he had been shamed and denied his basic rights. His death not only captured the world's attention, it led the way...

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Building the Infrastructure of Democracy: Reagan's Legacy 30 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 10:54 AM

June 8, 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of one of President Ronald Reagan's hallmark foreign policy speeches, the Address at Westminster to members of the British Parliament. President Ronald Reagan is often called a visionary president, particularly with reference to his foreign policy. He did not...

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Asking the Right Questions: What Should New World Bank President Focus On?

(5) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 3:22 PM

The newly-elected president of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim -- an American physician, co-founder of Partners in Health, and president of Dartmouth College -- moves into a role most often filled by bankers or politicians. His unusual background provides the Bank with an opportunity to build new and...

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Fostering Democracy in the Middle East Through Entrepreneurship

(10) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 5:40 PM

It is now one year after the Arab Spring overturned the Middle East, opening channels for democracy in a once-solid map of autocracy. A region thought to be immune to democracy was transformed within the span of months, buoyed by a young population no longer willing to wait for change....

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The Russian Business Enigma

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 4:40 PM

Winston Churchill famously summarized his view of Russia as "[A] riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." Even for the Russian people, Churchill's view remains largely true today, particularly in the business sector. Regulations are convoluted and subject to misinterpretation. Rules do not apply equally. Corruption remains...

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Chuck Manatt, One of America's Great Democracy Activists, Both Here and Abroad

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 2:54 PM

In the midst of this period of both national and international challenges, it is time to pay tribute to a leader who helped create many of the vital institutions that are currently responding to these challenges in a fair and democratic manner. Charles T. (Chuck) Manatt passed away late last...

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Investing in Egypt's Future

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 11:56 AM

Returning to Cairo for the first time after the revolution, a frequent visitor is struck by both the sense of change and the enduring continuity. As someone who has been traveling to Egypt now for nearly 20 years I was expecting to see a landscape that had changed profoundly in...

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U.S. Nuclear Regulator Lets Industry Write Rules

(356) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 12:39 AM

ProPublica's John Sullivan reports:

In the fall of 2001, inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were so concerned about possible corrosion at Ohio’s Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station [1] that they prepared an emergency order to shut it down for inspection. But, according to a report [2]...

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An Economic Handover in Afghanistan

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 6:38 PM

Afghanistan's economic and security futures are intertwined; neither will be secure without the other. After ten years of NATO engagement in Afghanistan, President Karzai recently announced a military milestone: Afghan army and police are to take full responsibility for security in several regions of Afghanistan including Kabul, several cities in...

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The Future of Engaging with the Rest of the World

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 4:07 PM

At her Senate confirmation hearing in 2009, then-Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton stressed the importance of focusing on 3 Ds -- defense, diplomacy, and development -- in advancing the country's interests around the world and protecting the United States against major threats.

With the release of...

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The Importance of Global Entrepreneurship Week

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 4:40 PM

Entrepreneurship is an ancient, universal phenomenon, and yet takes on new meaning and vitality this week. This week, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) joins millions of innovators, dreamers, and leaders across the world in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week and recognizing the contributions of entrepreneurs...

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In the Face of Crisis, Russian and Ukrainian Economies Take Another Path

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 7:34 AM

Over the last 20 years, I have traveled many times to Russia and Ukraine. When I visit, I spend time with people at the intersection of economics and democratic development. These are typically leaders in business, government, and academia. They include brilliant reformers, strong leaders of associations of entrepreneurs, and...

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The Malik's Answer to Corruption

(6) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 6:02 PM

Contrary to accepted opinion, corruption is not just a grand international scheme. For entrepreneurs, corruption is both local and personal, composed of any number of transactions, skimmings, gifts, bribes, or extortion. To help entrepreneurs fight corruption, so too must the approach and solution be local and personal and consistently applied.

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