Foreign Policy Centre

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The Foreign Policy Centre is a UK think tank which identifies itself as "an independent think-tank committed to developing innovative thinking and effective solutions for our increasingly interdependent world. It was launched in 1998 by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Tony Blair MP and the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Robin Cook MP." [1]

Since then, Robin Cook has resigned in protest against Blair's support of the war in Iraq, and has been writing increasingly critical articles in newspapers about him.

Former Communications Director of the Foreign Policy Centre, Rob Blackhurst, in the New Statesman writes: "...My former employer, the Foreign Policy Centre (patron: Tony Blair), has accepted more than £100,000 from an unnamed Russian oligarch to establish a programme on Russian democracy. The money does not come directly; it is channelled through London PR companies presided over by a retinue of former new Labour special advisers. The PR people want to shift public sympathy away from Vladimir Putin, who is at odds with several oligarchs, and they are no doubt delighted that the project has led to a paper criticising Downing Street's closeness to the Russian president..."

A fringe meeting organized by the Foreign Policy Centre at the 2003 Labour Party conference was sponsored by Nestle [2].

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Suite 14, 2nd Floor
23-28 Penn Street
London N1 5DL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7729 7566
Fax: +44 (0)20 7729 7668
Email: diane.fisher AT

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