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Foreign Governments Buying U.S. Think Tank Influence

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    More than a dozen prominent Washington, D.C., think tanks on which experts have long relied for independent research and policy analysis “have 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,” a New York Times investigation found.

    The arrangements involve the capital’s most influential think tanks, including the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Atlantic Council and the Center for Global Development. The paper reports that “each is a major recipient of overseas funds, producing policy papers, hosting forums and organizing private briefings for senior United States government officials that typically align with the foreign governments’ agendas.”