The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced today that former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will join the think tank as a "Distinguished Statesman."
Mr. Rudd will not be the only Distinguished Statesman at the top foreign policy think tank. For example, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Germany's former Minister of Defense and Minister of Economics & Technology, joined CSIS in 2011 as a Distinguished Statesman.
Bringing on high-profile officials from other countries in nothing new for think tanks. Think Tank Watch has compiled a list of examples of foreign influence at think tanks.
CSIS was recently ranked as the 4th best think tank in the world by the annual university of Pennsylvania think tank rankings, and as the world's top defense and national security think tank.