The Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP, SVOP) (Russian: Совет по внешней и оборонной политике) is a Russian Think Tank. It was formed on February 25, 1992. It has been called the "leading public foreign policy organization" for Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin regularly participates in the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy discussion club "Valdai".
In 2017 the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program's, Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) ranking of think tanks, the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy is in a number of "sub-lists":
41st out of 135 under Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks.
58th of 110 under Top Think Tank by Area Research.
24th out of 75 "Best Government Affiliated Think Tanks"
107th out of 150 "Best Independent Think Tanks"
U.S. Russian Relations at the Turn of the Century: Reports of the Working Groups Organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington and the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. 2000.
Chairman of the Presidium
Alexey Georgievich Arbatov (ru:Арбатов, Алексей Георгиевич)
Tatyana Viktorovna Borisova (ru:Борисова, Татьяна Викторовна)
Vladimir Sergeevich Velichko (ru:Величко, Владимир Сергеевич)
Sergey Alexandrovich Karaganov (ru:Караганов, Сергей Александрович)
Yuri Georgievich Kobaladze (ru:Кобаладзе, Юрий Георгиевич)
Evgeny Mikhailovich Kozhokin (ru:Кожокин, Евгений Михайлович)