I've been a little suspicious of DC think tanks since Michael O'Hanlon of Brookings turned out to be pretty much a hack and you can forget just about all the "scholars" at conservative outfits like Heritage, AEI and Cato. Anong the remaining tanks, there is a new source of bias: foreign governments.
Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks
By ERIC LIPTON, BROOKE WILLIAMS and NICHOLAS CONFESSORESEPT. 6, 2014
More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups 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, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
The think tanks do not disclose the terms of the agreements they have reached with foreign governments. And they have not registered with the United States government as representatives of the donor countries, an omission that appears, in some cases, to be a violation of federal law, according to several legal specialists who examined the agreements at the request of The Times.