The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has announced that Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former Minister of Defense and Minister of Economy of the Federal Republic of Germany, has joined CSIS as a Distinguished Statesman.

He joins a small group of Distinguished Statesmen at CSIS, including former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

CSIS President and CEO John Hamre said zu Gutternberg will enhance the think tank’s analysis of Europe’s “sweeping economic, political and defense transformation and its impact on the future of the transatlantic relationship.”

He served as German Federal Minister of Defense from 2009 to 2011, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology from February 2009 to October 2009 and member of the German parliament from 2002- 2011.

CSIS says zu Guttenberg will lead a new transatlantic dialogue initiative at CSIS that will bring European and American thought-leaders, practitioners and officials together on a variety of security and economic related issues to reinvigorate the transatlantic relationship in the face of a global shift of power.

Following his departure from government service earlier this year, zu Guttenberg and his family have relocated to Greenwich, CT.