The Russia Foundation was established to promote greater understanding of the impact of political, societal and economic developments in contemporary Russia.
The Foundation aims, in particular, to encourage research, education and dialogue around the themes of democracy, good governance, political pluralism, freedom of expression, human rights, the rule of law, common security and economic cooperation.
The Foundation works in partnership with a wide variety of thinks tanks, NGOs, academic bodies and other institutions to achieve its aims.
It places particular importance on the circulation and dissemination of up to date information and analysis to opinion leaders and policy makers, through hosting roundtables, seminars and other events.
David Clark is Chairman of the Russia Foundation and a Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust. Mr Clark was previously a special adviser to former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1997 and 2001.
Before that, he was a member of Cook’s staff in 1994 and was closely involved in the development of Labour’s foreign policy in the run up to the 1997 general election.
He writes regularly on foreign policy and domestic UK politics for several publications, including the Guardian, and is also a regular guest on current affairs programmes on television and radio.