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Regarding the Foreign Funding of Think Tanks in America

Dan Drezner reflects on the foreign influence in U.S.-based think tanks, via his Washington Post column.

Five and a half years ago, Eric Lipton, Brooke Williams and Nicholas Confessore wrote a blockbuster story in the New York Times about how foreign governments were ostensibly buying influence in the American marketplace of ideas through the funding of think tanks. They claimed that more than a dozen think tanks had “received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities.”

They went so far as to claim that some think tanks had become “a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington” and warned that “some scholars say they have been pressured to reach conclusions friendly to the government financing the research.”

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