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Establishment Debates: CFDP and Russia in Global Affairs

Valdai Club participants visit Gazprom headquarters, September 2009. Photo: Gazprom

The Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP), was founded in February 1992 by a group of political leaders, leading entrepreneurs, representatives of the military, scholars and media professionals. Today, CFDP is known as one of the most influential analytical centres in Russia.

Among the projects implemented by CFDP (in cooperation with other partners) is the annual Valdai Discussion Club, a government-funded discussion forum on Russia's role in the world. Another is Russia in Global Affairs, an English-language journal widely seen as one of the best sources on the Russian debate on foreign policy.

CFDP publications often lead to wider debates. In November 2009, a group of CFDP experts

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