Prominent Washington Think Tank Cutting Off Donations From Saudis

WASHINGTON, USA - OCTOBER 10: A member of the Organization 'Justice for Jamal Khashoggi' holds a picture of Khashoggi as she and other members hold news conference for disappearance of Saudi journalist in front of Th... WASHINGTON, USA - OCTOBER 10: A member of the Organization 'Justice for Jamal Khashoggi' holds a picture of Khashoggi as she and other members hold news conference for disappearance of Saudi journalist in front of The Washington Post headquarters in Washington D.C. with the attendance of Congressman Gerry Connolly and figures from CAIR and Pen America spoke, in Washington D.C., United States on October 10, 2018. (Photo by Umar Farooq/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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In just the latest retaliatory move against Saudi Arabia in recent days, prominent Washington think tank, the Middle East Institute, announced it’s not seeking donations from Saudi Arabia until after an investigation is conducted, Buzzfeed News reported.

“The Board of Governors has decided to decline any funding from the Saudi government and to keep the matter under active review pending the outcome of the investigation into the case of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi,” the institute said in an email to Buzzfeed after issuing a statement calling for Saudi, Turkish and U.S. authorities “to act swiftly to bring out the truth about what happened to Mr. Kashoggi.”

The Brookings Institute has also acted quickly in response to reports from the Turkish government that Saudi officials allegedly killed and dismembered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi’s Istanbul consulate. On Friday, Brookings terminated a research grant it has with Saudi Arabia.

Washington think-tanks are just the latest entities to respond to the journalist’s disappearance. A slew of corporations and media companies have pulled out of attending an investment conference in Saudi in recent days and The New York Times even canceled its upcoming guided tour trips to the country.

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