Eliana Johnson

At the Atlantic Council, Foreign Money Talks

Sources tell the Washington Free Beacon that foreign governments exert pressure on the ostensibly independent think tank’s scholarship and programming 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip ErdoganWhen Turkish president Recep Tayyik Erdogan’s bodyguards were arrested after attacking a crowd of protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in May 2017, Erdogan and his crew were heading inside for a private, off-the-record meeting with Atlantic Council fellows and board members. 

Koch Institute Calls Anti-Semitism Charge ‘Absurd,’ Stands by Scholar Who Called American Rabbis Israel’s ‘Fifth Column’

Charles KochA spokesman for the Charles Koch Institute said Wednesday that accusations a new think tank supported by Koch is harboring anti-Semites are “absurd” and “grossly mischaracterize the positions” of the organization. But he declined to defend the statements of affiliated scholars questioning the loyalty of American Jews, suggesting that some of them comprise a “fifth column” inside the United States, and promoting a conspiracy theory that Israel conducted a “false-flag” chemical attack on Syrian civilians.

New Koch Group Dogged by Charges of Anti-Semitism

Quincy Institute staff and scholars bring a long record of attacks on American Jews, Israel to the organization

Launched in early December, the Quincy Institute entered the fray to a cavalcade of press from outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Politico. While much ink has been spilled on the organization’s financial backers and its attempts to chart a new direction in U.S. foreign policy, less attention has been paid to whether it has managed to distance itself from the anti-Semitic bigotry that was intertwined with the America First Committee, of which Koch’s father, Fred Koch, was a prominent member, and that dogged the most extreme parts of the Bush-era antiwar movement.