Foreign Policy Centre

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Mission: To develop a "vision of a fair and rule-based world order".

Type:Think tank
Areas:Foreign policy, esp. in Europe
Legal Status:Limited company
Founder:Mark Leonard
Patron:Tony Blair
HQ:London, UK
Funding:Not disclosed, but mainly corporate

The Foreign Policy Centre was founded in 1998 by Mark Leonard and launched by then Prime Minister Tony Blair and Robin CookWikipedia-W.svg, then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The FPC identifies itself as "an outward-looking, non-partisan international affairs think tank",[1] to "develop a vision of a fair and rule-based world order,[2] and to explore the impact of globalisation on foreign and domestic policy.[3]

But see Business Agenda: Solomon Hughes explains how a New Labour-backed think tank is a haven for lobbyists, big business and mercenary firms. Solomon Hughes, Red Pepper, Apr.2002.

ToDo: Go through the "related think tanks" here

Conflicts of Interest

Intelligence Links

ToDo: Make sense out of this lot, using the following pages:

Need earlier info, which it turns out Lobster has - but it's payfor, £50 pa. It looks to me as if the Powerbase article has used the info from Lobster articles, but can't really tell till I read them. Here are the Lobster search results:

Between 1948 to 1977, a covert, anti-communist propaganda unit called the "Information Research Deparment" (IRD) lived secretly within the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The purpose of the IRD was to spread never-ending anti-Communist propaganda both abroad and at home, where it worked tirelessly to discredit the British Left".[5] [6] In its spare time, the IRD meddled with Malaysia, Indonesia, and Northern Ireland. The FPC could perhaps be described as "the son of the IRD", with its modern remit of pushing globalisation and liberalisation.

Baroness Meta Ramsay, a former MI6 operative, is the House of Lord's Chair of the Zionist Labour Friends of Israel. She is also Chair of the Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom.

  • The FPC has direct connections to the intelligence services through Baroness Meta Ramsay. Steven Dorril's history of MI6 states that Ramsay was secretary of the International Student Conference (ISC) which allegedly acted as a CIA front. Its offshoot, the Fund for International Student Cooperation (FISC) "shared an office" with the Overseas Students Trust which also seems to have had intelligence connections and worked within the National Union of Students.
  • Rowena Young (FPC and School for Social Entrepreneurs) is married to Geoff Mulgan and was Director of "Kaleidoscope", a project where CAN directors Adele Blakebrough and Andrew Mawson worked on their first ventures.
  • The Foreign Policy Centre is a partner of CSS Resources, a Swiss based global library of public policy information based at the Centre for Security Studies.
  • Mark Leonard was the Director of the FPC. The FPC co-publish with Demos. Baroness Meta Ramsay, who followed a career of over twenty years in HM Diplomatic Service in MI6, was Foreign Policy Advisor for John Smith from 1992 until his death. She was part of a Glasgow University 60s clique which included Smith, Donald Dewar, Derry Irvine the former Lord Chancellor, Menzies Campbell, Angus Grossart the merchant banker, Jean McFadden the ex-leader of Glasgow City Council and Lord Gordon, founder of Radio Clyde who holidayed with Ramsay and Dewar shortly before he had his heart attack.

Events & Conferences

Events and Conferences are hosted on a regular basis, featuring speakers from the worlds of politics, business, journalism, academia and civil society. Here is a typical example:

"The USA in the International Community: Creating Effective Strategies for Multilateralism with the British American Security Information Council" (Nov.1999)

Busine$$ and lobbying firms are regular attendees at these events, which are in no small measure responsible for the huge influx of "direct foreign investment", as politicians like to call it. See Powerbase's discussion on the motivation and thinking behind Mark Leonard's founding of the FPC, and Geoff Mulgan's involvement: Foreign Policy Centre § ConferencesPowerbase-graphic.svg.

Partners and Members

The following organisations are partners with FPC, as of Oct.19.2017[7] Alas, the FPC website no longer has a membership page.


Board of Directors 2018/2019

Trustees of FPC Think Tank Ltd

Former Directors

Advisory Council 2018/2019

Former Advisory Council Members

From 2006

Research Fellows (2018)

  • Anna Chernova
  • Drewery Dyke
  • Dr Sam Fowles
  • Arzu Geybulla
  • Jacqueline Hale
  • Dr Edward Lemon
  • Kate Levine
  • Dr Simon Mabon
  • Dr Beata Martin-Rozumilowicz
  • Dr Chris Ogden
  • Dr Kevork Oskanian
  • Dr Catherine Owen
  • Joanna Pares Hoare
  • Dr Marina Prentoulis
  • Dr Ed Turner
  • Mariam Uberi
  • Rebecca Vincent

Former Staff

From 2008
  • Adam Hug, Policy Director, FPC bio
  • Anthony Bailey OBE, Chief Policy Adviser, FPC bio
  • Josephine Osikena, Programme Director of Democracy and Development, FPC bio
  • Anna Owen, Events & Projects Director, FPC bio
  • Feng Zhang, Programme Manager, China, FPC bio

Senior Research Associates

From 2008

Research Associates & Assistants

Mostly from 2008
  • Alex Bigham, FPC bio
  • Tom Blass, FPC bio
  • Geoffrey Cameron, FPC bio
  • Seema Desai, FPC bio
  • Eman Ebed, FPC bio
  • Richard Gowan, FPC bio
  • Niall Ahern, Research Assistant, FPC bio
  • Owen Larter, Research Assistant, FPC bio
  • Thomas Bradley, Research Assistant
  • Simona Skimic, Research Assistant
  • Alfie Stroud, Research Assistant
  • Caroline Weselak, Research Assistant
  • Rebecca Simon, Research Associate
  • Mariam Ghorbannejad, Associate FPC bio
  • Pavel Miller, Associate, FPC bio
  • Ella Rolfe, Associate
  • Christopher Jenkins, Associate
  • Chris Phillips, Associate
  • Ranj Alaaldin, Associate


2007Iraq Commission: the FPC, in conjunction with Channel 4 TV, set up an independent, cross-party Commission tasked with producing a blueprint for Britain's future involvement in Iraq. The Commission was chaired by Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, Baroness Jay of Paddington and Lord King of Bridgwater.[8] The "Iraq Commission Report" was televised by Channel 4 in a special programme on Saturday, Jul.14.2007 at 7.30 pm.
Jan.2005:"My former employer, the Foreign Policy Centre (patron: Tony Blair), has accepted more than £100,000 from an unnamed Russian oligarch[9] 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".[4]
Jan.2005Rob Blackhurst departed.
2002Rob Blackhurst joined FPC as Editorial Director, directing press relations and commissioning the centre's pamphlets. Formerly a civil servant in the Cabinet Office and the Department of Trade and Industry.[10]
Nov.2001Tessa Jowell, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, dispatched "Cool Britannia" to the dustbin of history.[11]
Nov.1999The FPC organised an "invitation-only" Conference: "The USA in the International Community: Creating Effective Strategies for Multilateralism with the British American Security Information Council". It was initially funded by: BBC World Service, BP Amoco, Bruce Naughton Wade[12], Clifford Chance, Cluff Mining, Commonwealth Institute, Control Risks Group[13], Lord Gavron, Paul Hamlyn, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Interbrand Newell and Sorrell, Rio Tinto and Royal Commonwealth Society.
1998FPC founded by Mark Leonard.
1998A high-status panel, "Panel 2000", was established to produce a blueprint for re-presenting the nation to a global audience in the countdown to the Millennium. The Panel 2000 Task Force "established a partnership between private and public sectors," and comprised: Baron Alli, Zeinab Badawi, Martin Bell MP, Baroness Blackstone of Stoke Newington, Tom Buchanan, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, Lord Clinton-Davies, Dr David Drewry, Claire Evans, Andrew Fisher, Mark Fisher MP, Andrew Fraser, Claire Fulton, Priya Guha, Tom Harris, Sir Michael Jay, Sir David John, Sir John Kerr, Mark Leonard, Lord Levy, Roger Liddle, Vivien Life, Ruth Mackenzie, Peter Mandelson MP, Stella McCartney, Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, Lord Paul of Marylebone, Dr David Quarmby, Shahwar Sadeque, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Judy Simpson, John Sorrell, Sir Martin Sorrell, Frances de Souza, Baroness Symons, Harriet Ware-Austin.[14] [15] However, "Cool Britain" lived and died amidst a muddle of high hopes, ridicule and recriminations.[11]
1996"Rebranding Britain" was a propaganda initiative started by the Conservative govt, and picked up by New Labour after the 1997 election win.[11]


  1. ^ About the Foreign Policy Centre, accessed Mar.08.2018
  2. ^ Foreign Policy Centre The Guardian Special Reports  ,, captured Mar.23.2006
  3. ^ List of thinktanks in the UK. Names and brief descriptions of thinkthanks in Britain. The Guardian, Staff, Sept.30.2013
  4. ^ a b The sad decline of the policy wonks. Rob Blackhurst finds that London's think-tanks, enslaved by corporate sponsors, no longer have a significant influence on the political parties. New Statesman, Rob Blackhurst , Jan.31.2005
  5. ^ "Britain's Secret Propaganda War", Paul Lashmar, James Oliver, Sutton Publishing, 1998
  6. ^ "MI6: Fifty Years of Legal Thuggery", Stephen Dorril, Fourth Estate, 1996
  7. ^ Membership: Our Partners. Foreign Policy Centre, Oct.19.2017. Original archived
  8. ^ About the Iraq Commission. Foreign Policy Centre, Staff, Aug.17.2012
  9. ^ Later identified as Mikhail Khodorkovsky, at that time the richest man in Russia. See also his Wikipedia article.
  10. ^ Wealth Check: What should I invest in after I settle my debt? A young bachelor wants to know if he has a good mortgage deal and what he should be saving for a good pension. The Independent, Ben Chu, Jan.10.2004
  11. ^ a b c Re-branding Britain How the UK tried to sell itself like ice-cream. The Open University Faculty of Social Science, Eugene McLaughlin, Aug.03.2006
  12. ^ A lobbying firm.
  13. ^ Control Risks Group is a "private security firm", and its spin-offs have long had deep associations with (and gets some of its work through) MI5 and MI6, SAS and so forth.
  14. ^ Britannia's "Committee for Cool" Panel 2000 aims to make the British bulldog a trendier beast. BBC News,  , Apr.01.1998
  15. ^ Hansard Written Answers, Column: 122-3W, Dec.12.2000. See also PowerBase: Panel 2000