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Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)

Moscow, Russia

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RIACThe Russian International Affairs Council was established in 2010 on the instruction of the President of the Russian Federation for the “creation of a non-profit partnership Russian International Affairs Council.” Its co-founders are the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Interfax International Information Group. Igor S. Ivanov, a former Foreign Minister of Russia (1998-2004), is the President of RIAC.

RIAC’s activities are aimed at preventing international conflict, promoting co-operation and developing Russia’s public diplomacy tools. The think tank also acts as a link between the Russian state, expert community, business and civil society in an effort to propose directions and steps for foreign policy. RIAC’s current research includes projects on a new agenda for relations between Russia and the Euro-Atlantic community, the “A Cooperative Greater Europe by 2030” project and a project examining the impact on Central Asia of the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan. Past projects include “Roadmap for International Co-operation in the Arctic” (2012–2013, with CSIS and the Pew Foundation) and “Russia’s Relationship with the Asia-Pacific Region as the Conceptual Basis for Security and Development Policy” (2011-2013). RIAC has co-operated with SIPRI on creating a Russian version of the 2011 SIPRI Yearbook, including an analytical addendum by Russian scholars.

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