US think tank hires German ex-defense minister

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Posted: Sep 29, 2011 2:07 PM
US think tank hires German ex-defense minister

A U.S. think tank says it has hired a former German defense minister to lead a new trans-Atlantic dialogue initiative _ only six months after he stepped down amid plagiarism allegations.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said in a statement Thursday that Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg will enhance the institute's "analysis of Europe's sweeping economic, political and defense transformation."

Guttenberg vehemently denied cheating, but stepped down in March after admitting to "grave mistakes" in the doctoral thesis that he wrote while already a conservative lawmaker.

His former university eventually revoked his title and a commission there concluded that he had "clearly and grossly violated standard research practices and in so doing deliberately deceived."