About CIG

The Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG), the successor organization to the Princeton-based Project on Ethnic Relations (PER), is an international nonprofit, nonpartisan, and non-governmental institution that promotes inclusive and responsive governance. It facilitates constructive dialogue as a means of fostering interparty cooperation, interethnic accord, and interstate collaboration, and carries out analyses of contemporary policy issues. The goal of CIG activities is to build confidence in democratic institutions of governance and contribute to the cohesiveness of political systems and societies.


  • Thomas M. Countryman (Chairman), former U.S. Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs
  • Jennifer L. Brush, U.S. Department of State, Ambassador (ret)
  • Steven L. Burg, Brandeis University
  • Michael W. Elf, Springer Nature
  • Warren R. Haffar, Arcadia University
  • Pierre Mirel, European Commission, Honorary Director General
  • Alex Roinishvili Grigorev, Council for Inclusive Governance


  • Alex Roinishvili Grigorev, President
  • Shpetim Gashi, Vice President
  • Igor Novakovic, Senior Associate
  • Gresa Baftiu, Associate
  • Robert K. Aitkens, Accountant

CIG Activities Include:

  • Conducting innovative and transparent policy dialogues for major stakeholders;
  • Facilitating interstate cooperation through international dialogues and exchange of experience;
  • Promoting cooperation and consensus on national issues through dialogues between government and opposition;
  • Supporting multiethnic states and strengthening common democratic institutions by facilitating consensus-building on issues that divide ethnic communities;
  • Fostering trust and inclusive approaches in decision making;
  • Providing informed advice and policy analysis;
  • Publishing analytical reports and policy papers to advance public understanding of inclusive

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and by private contributions