U.S. State Department Wants Foreign Funding Disclosure From Think Tanks

U.S. State Department Wants Foreign Funding Disclosure From Think Tanks


The U.S. Department of State is now requesting that any think tanks working with the department disclose prominent funding they receive from foreign governments.

“To protect the integrity of our relationships with think tanks and related institutions we’re taking a simple step to encourage transparency: think tanks that wish to engage with the @StateDept should disclose funding they receive from foreign governments,” State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus tweeted.

To protect the integrity of our relationships with think tanks and related institutions we’re taking a simple step to encourage transparency: think tanks that wish to engage with the @StateDept should disclose funding they receive from foreign governments. https://t.co/TRdy7cvMMM

— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) October 13, 2020

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While the statement claims the department values the relationships with “academic community, think tanks, and various external sources of expertise in foreign affairs,” it also claims that those relationships are at risk of foreign influence from countries such as the People’s Republic of

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