The State Department is calling on US think tanks other policy groups to publicly disclose how they are funded — or risk forfeiting access to top department brass.
The announcement came Tuesday in a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made the request “to protect the integrity of civil society institutions.”
“The [State] Department requests henceforth that think tanks and other foreign policy organizations that wish to engage with the department disclose prominently on their websites funding they receive from foreign governments, including state-owned or state-operated subsidiary entities,” the nation’s top diplomat said.
Pompeo went on to say that while “disclosure is not a requirement for engaging with such entities,” department staffers would be discouraged from having contact with organizations that declined to make their funding public.
The top Trump administration official praised the department’s “close ties with the academic community, think tanks, and various external sources of expertise in foreign affairs to advance the interests of