Holt Ruffin – USA

Linked with Civil Society International CSI.

Holt Ruffin is the founder and executive director of the Civil Society International. “He is a graduate of Stanford University (BA, 1966) and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (MPA, 1975). Mr. Ruffin’s work experience includes six years in the Economics/Policy Research Department of Bank of America and in the International Division of Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. Articles by Mr. Ruffin have appeared in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Freedom Review, Money Manager, Crisis, and other publications. Most recently, he was lead editor or author of The Post-Soviet Handbook: A Guide to Grassroots Organizations (revised edition, 1999), Civil Society in Central Asia (1999, co-edited with Daniel Waugh), and Internet Resources for Eurasia (2001). The Post-Soviet Handbook and Civil Society in Central Asia were each co-published with the University of Washington Press. “Mr. Ruffin was a short-term research fellow at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, in 2000; he also participated in a six-week seminar on the theme of civil society, held at Boston University under the leadership of Dr. Peter Berger in 1994 … (full text).

… At present, Mr. Ruffin is guiding CSI through the process of expanding its focus to countries where democracy and civil society are most repressed. He received an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs at Princeton University in 1975, and a B.A. in Political Philosophy and Modern History from Stanford University in 1966. Colleagues comment that Mr. Ruffin is someone with “perseverance and ability to hold a vision” who “provides leadership that brings practical results.” His proposed project is “The Globalization of Philanthropy”. (full text).


Holt Ruffin – USA

download: The Globalization of American Philantrophy, 48 pages, Oct. 2003.

The Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 2 pages, March 2003.

The Who’s Who in International Organizations, Volume 6, published by the Union of International Associations.

The Post-Soviet Handbook: A Guide to Grassroots Organizations and Internet Resources in the Newly Independent States, April 1996, 392 pages; also on Arrowbead Library System.

Book-Review: Civil Society in Central Asia, 331 pages, ISBN: 0-295-97795-7:

  • - … with the insights of individuals who have been on the front lines of the struggle for civil society in Central Asia itself–representatives of organizations such as Counterpart, Internews, and the Kazakstan International Bureau for Human Rights. Topics addressed are as diverse as the legal framework for independent associational activity, grassroots movements for environmental protection, the resurgence of Islam and the viability of the Soviet-era collective farms. A 75-page appendix provides a guide to many of the most significant projects being carried out by local and international NGOs in the region. M. Holt Ruffin is executive director of Center for Civil Society International, based in Seattle, and Daniel C. Waugh is Associate Professor of History and International Studies, University of Washington. A co-publication of Center for Civil Society International and the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. (full text).
  • - on Googles download book (display will be limited);
  • - REVIEWED BY AMYN B. SAJOO, 6 pdf-pages;
  • - by UW Press;
  • - listen the audio: OSI Forum: Whither Civil Society in Central Asia? September 28, 2005 in NY.

Find him and his publications on amazon; on Barnes and Noble; on allbookstores.com; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search.

… This time, the American co-chairman of the conference, Executive Director of the Center for Civil Society International (Seattle, WA) Holt Ruffin stressed the amazing pace with which Russian printed media have developed their home pages on the Internet. There were about two hundred Russian Web newspapers and magazines from across the country on the list disseminated among the participants. At the time of the first conference, the Web-version of the Ural’s largest regional newspaper Uralskii Rabochii (http://ur.etel.ru/) didn’t exist. Now the paper and the head of its computer department, Alexander Kenin, hosted the conference at the new Internet lab of the Urals university … (full text).

… Thanks also to Holt Ruffin and Richard Upjohn of the Center for Civil Studies International at the University of Washington for writing an extensive feature on this site in their newsletter … (full text).


EurasiaNet Civil Society – Central Asia: NGOs Helping To Develop Civil Society;

Carnegie Corporation of New York, Publications and Multimedia 2007;


Material on Russian Federation Law in English: Selection of Sources;

the book: Civil Society in the Muslim World;

Uzbekistan: Civil Society in the Heartland.

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