Last month the Erik Wemple Blog alerted the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to some concerns about the work of director and senior adviser Arnaud de Borchgrave. As detailed in this item, at least one paper that de Borchgrave had written for CSIS borrowed heavily from a previously published piece.
At the time, CSIS pledged to investigate the matter.
The results are in, according to H. Andrew Schwartz, CSIS’s senior vice president for external relations:
We have completed our internal review and have reinforced to everyone at CSIS the importance of adhering to strict standards when it comes to properly and precisely attributing intellectual content. The issue has been discussed with Arnaud, and we don’t expect any future problems.
L’affaire de Borchgrave has a heavy Washington Times component: This blog and Salon.com flagged instances in which de Borchgrave’s work as a columnist for the newspaper mirrored previously published items. The Washington Times announced that de Borchgrave would take a leave of absence and that it would carry out an investigation. That was May 21.
In search of an update on the Washington Times investigation, I e-mailed an inquiry to Editor Ed Kelley last night. Haven’t heard back. De Borchgrave didn’t respond to a request for comment.