Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)

Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)
Think tank
Founded 2011
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Key people
Igor Ivanov, Andrey Kortunov

The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) – is a non-profit academic and diplomatic think tank established by the presidential decree dated 2 February 2010.[1][2] The founders of the RIAC are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science, Russian Academy of Science, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and Russian news agency Interfax.

The Russian International Affairs Council was founded on orders of then-President Dmitry Medvedev to contribute to Russia's soft power efforts.[3]

The RIAC activities are aimed at strengthening peace, friendship and solidarity between peoples, preventing international conflicts and promoting conflict resolution and crisis settlement.[4] It operates as a link between the state, scholar community, business, and civil society in an effort to find foreign policy solutions to current international issues.[5] The RIAC is one of Russia's public diplomacy tools.

The RIAC mission is to facilitate Russia's peaceful integration into the global community, partly through greater cooperation between Russian scientific institutions and foreign think tanks/scholars on major international issues.

The council's strategic mission is to facilitate communication between government officials and the expert, business and civil communities when elaborating foreign policy decisions.


Igor Ivanov — President

Andrey Kortunov — Director General

Ivan Timofeev — Director of Programs


Pyotr Aven — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alfa-Bank Banking Group

Igor Ivanov — Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations , RAS Corresponding Member

Andrey Kortunov — RIAC Director General

Fyodor Lukyanov — Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Politics magazine, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy

Aleksey Meshkov — Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation

Dmitry Peskov — Deputy Head of the RF Presidential Administration, Press Secretary of the President of Russia


RIAC's Activities are aimed at assisting practical research in global politics and international relations, which will contribute to the implementation of Russia's foreign policy interests and the establishment of mechanisms for their advancement.

• Organizing research on foreign relations issues that are deemed top priorities in Russian foreign policy.

• Preparing expert evaluations and advice on foreign policy issues.

• Assisting with the implementation of research-based proposals and recommendations.

• Joining Russian, foreign and international organizations in research into issues in foreign relations and developing common approaches to identifying solutions.

• Holding academic events, i.e. conferences, roundtables, seminars, etc., to promote research into international problems and identify solutions.

• Supporting the publication and distribution of research results, including those obtained under the project activities.

• Helping integrate Russian and foreign research activities in the field of foreign relations.

• Providing education within the scope of the projects.

• Assisting with the political promotion of project outcomes.


According to the University of Pennsylvania report "2015 Global Go to Think Tank Index Report", the RIAC is ranked 62nd position on the list "Top Think Tank in Central and Eastern Europe". It is also included in the "Best Independent Think Tank" 2015 list.[6]

See also


  1. "Дмитрий Медведев подписал распоряжение "О создании некоммерческого партнёрства «Российский совет по международным делам"". Президент России. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  2. "Conference organised by the Russian Council for International Affairs". President of Russia. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  3. "An upstart that plays up its ties to the establishment". Russia Direct. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  4. "Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  5. University, Princeton. "Russia - Office of International Programs". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  6. "2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report".
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