Center on Global Interests

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The Center on Global Interests (CGI) is a private, not-for-profit research institution headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center conducts research and analysis on global affairs, focusing on the U.S.-Russia relationship and the post-Soviet space as a whole.[1] CGI was founded in 2012 by Nikolai Zlobin, a Russian-American foreign policy expert and author of multiple books on foreign affairs.[2] In the past, it has partnered with several prestigious experts and officials, including Pavel Baev, Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Ambassador Steven Karl Pifer, and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.[3][4] Numerous media outlets have covered the Center’s events, including RIA Novosti, C-SPAN, and The Washington Times.

Center on Global Interests
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Abbreviation CGI
Formation 2012
Type Think tank
Headquarters 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW
Location Washington, D.C.
President Nikolai Zlobin

Leadership and Staff[edit]

Nikolai Zlobin, CGI's Founder and President, is a well-known Russian-American political expert, author and journalist.[5] Its board is chaired by Bruce Blair, an American nuclear analyst and scholar. Both were formerly with the World Security Institute (WSI). Blair is a Co-founder of Global Zero, an international initiative launched in December 2008 to promote the elimination of nuclear weapons.[6]


The Center on Global Interests currently has expert task forces working on several different program areas. One expert task force met with top Russian officials to come up with ideas for how Russia could implement a practical and effective agenda at the G20, and has published its report, [1].[7][8] Authors Mark Medish [9] and Daniel Lucich [10] focus on Russia’s responsibilities and opportunities as host as well as on the worth of the G20 as an organization.

Another program aims to assess grounds for long-term cooperation between the U.S. and Russia in Northeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean, focusing on potential directions the relationship could take by the year 2040. 'Assessing (Dis)-Integration in the Post-Soviet Space' considers questions of how to stabilize the individual countries as well as the post-Soviet states as a whole. The Center’s ongoing Rising Experts Task Force brings together students, young professionals, and established experts to discuss a variety of topics concerning Eurasia, foreign policy, and security.

Mission and Funding[edit]

CGI’s mission statement is “to bring new, unconventional thinking on global affairs, fresh analysis on relations between modern world powers, particularly the U.S. and Russia, and critically evaluate current global challenges”.[11] The Center, in carrying out this mission, does not accept any form of government funding. It retains its independence by relying instead on private donations and grants.

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