Eurasia Foundation

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HeadquartersWashington DC, US
SubpageEurasia Foundation/Board and Trustees

The Eurasia Foundation (EF) is a US-based group that is financed mainly by the regime change operation United States Agency for International Development, and certain other public and private donors. It promotes free market dogma and is funded by neoliberal governments and corporations. On its board are people like the economist Anders Åslund, responsible for the collapse in Russia that killed millions of people in the 1990s.


EF was founded as a public-private partnership in 1992. Within a year we had established our first field office in Moscow, and soon were operating in every country in the former Soviet Union. Over the course of our history, EF has expanded its reach and scope of operations, upholding our core mission to empower citizens to take responsibility for their own civic and economic prosperity.[1]


The advisory board contains several very powerful people, like James Baker III and Madeleine Albright.

Full article: Eurasia Foundation/Board and Trustees


In 2017, 10,489 members enrolled in online training in 15 countries, with 386 institutions and 58 networks participating.[2]

On its website, the foundation states 'Societies function best when citizens take responsibility for their own civic and economic future. Eurasia Foundation programs promote the skills and vision necessary to bring the greatest social and economic benefits to individuals and their societies.' This does not mean that citizens can and should work together to manage civic and economic matters for the collective good. In fact what the Eurasia foundation proposes is that there should be no collective management by citizens but that corporations should be allowed to operate without regulation.

The Eurasia Foundation grants are aimed at promoting "accelerated development and growth of private enterprise", "more effective, responsive and accountable local government" and "increased citizen participation in the political and economic decision-making process." [3] Meaning training US-compatible politicians, activists and journalists to further US goals, and participate in regime changes if needed.

Having long been active in political subversion in Belarus ("where EF has been instrumental in building the capacity of civil society organizations"), the Ukraine and Russia,in 2007, EF expanded into Western China (Xinjiang region), an area of high geostrategic interest for the US, "to strengthen the capacity of grassroots civil society organizations and empower women to become community leaders". [4] The Eurasia Foundation has been somewhat more coy in declaring their recent activities since 2014, and might have scaled down their activities.