President Donald Trump’s pick for the National Security Council (NSC) has been caught up in a Russia scandal and has a history of ties to a pro-Kremlin think tank.
Alexei Kaveladze is the deputy director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which promotes US-Russia relations.
Kavelads’ work includes advising the government of Ukraine.CSIS is a think tank that is considered a leading force in the US defense and foreign policy establishment.
The center was founded by former defense secretary Robert Gates in the 1970s and is funded by the US military and the National Endowment for Democracy, an internationalist organization that promotes democracy abroad.
Kaveladzis CSIS career began in the 1990s, when he worked for the Moscow-based Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an independent research group funded by billionaire financier George Soros.CNAS has ties to the Kremlin, as has Kavelds CNAS.
CSIS is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a group that promotes US interests around the world, which is a designated foreign agent.
Kaels CVO on CSIS was previously made public by the Center For Public Integrity, which noted that he is also co-founder of the think tank, which has ties with the Russian state.
Kaves CVO was made public in April, when it was revealed that CSIS had been paid $1.5 million by a pro–Kremlin organization to work as a lobbyist.
It was also revealed that his CVO had been used by a Russian propaganda organization called the Centre for Strategic Studies, which received more than $1 million from the State Department and the Pentagon.
The Center for Public Integrity reported that, in his CVOs work for CNAS, Kavelaides was not required to disclose any of the Russian propaganda connections, which led to the center receiving criticism from Democrats and the US intelligence community for the ties to Russian state entities.
A Washington Post review of documents from Kavelas CVO found that he was also listed on a US government blacklist of foreign agents that was published in February 2018.
The Washington Post reported that the blacklist contained the names of hundreds of foreign nationals and individuals that were being monitored by the State and Justice Departments.
It also found that Kavelats CVO received $1,100,000 in 2016 and 2017 from a group called The Committee for a Democratic New Deal.
The Post reported, “A review of his CVOA shows that he has lobbied on behalf of The Committee, which was founded in 2004 and runs several pro-Russian political groups in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
He has also lobbied on the behalf of the Committee in a number of other countries, including the Philippines, Germany, the Philippines and Switzerland.”
The Committee for the New American Development is a nonprofit that was founded as a political lobbying arm of the Clinton Foundation, and is currently run by a former Obama administration official who serves as its chairman.
The Committee is also part of a list of foreign entities that the Department of State has labeled as foreign agents.
It is not clear why Kavelatys CVO worked on a Russian front group called the Center, but the Washington Post also noted that the group’s CVO list included a former senior State Department official who was also a key figure in a 2012 lobbying campaign funded by Soros, which included funding for groups that worked to push for US sanctions on Russia.
The CNAS website has links to the Center’s work.
According to its website, the Center has been a “leading voice for a pro-“American foreign policy agenda” in the world.
The Center also boasts of being the only foreign policy think tank to receive the 2017 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Foreign Policy Award for “outstanding achievement in advancing American foreign policy goals, policies and programs.”CSIS has long been involved in the Russia-centric globalist network of NGOs and think tanks.
Its Center for Global Security and Security Studies (CGS) was established in 1989 by former US diplomat James Woolsey and his daughter, Elizabeth Woolsey.
Woolsey founded the CSIS with the mission of pushing US foreign policy objectives around the globe, including “countering Russian hegemony, promoting a strong, democratic and free democratic global order, countering the threat posed by transnational crime and terrorism, promoting democracy in the Middle East, and promoting security and prosperity around the region.”
The Center has close ties to US foreign intelligence and security agencies, which include the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
It has received more funding from the CIA than any other think tank in the United States, and it was one of the first think tanks to lobby for the US sanctions against Russia that were implemented in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.