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Clarion EXCLUSIVE Report: Foreign Influence Ops on US Universities

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Over $10 billion has flowed from foreign countries to US universities since 2012 (Graphic: Clarion Project)
Over $10 billion has flowed from foreign countries to US universities since 2012 (Graphic: Clarion Project)

Over $10 billion has flowed from foreign entities to US universities since 2012, according to a Clarion Project review of Education Department records.

Executive Summary

A massive amount of the funding comes from foreign governments (and government-tied entities) that run influence operations in the U.S. to try to mold public opinion and policy.

See below or click here to find out which countries have given to which universities and how much

The Department of Education is currently investigating funding from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Russia, China and (presumably) other countries.

The law requires universities to disclose information about foreign gifts and “any ownership interests in or control over the institution by a foreign entity.” Yet, many concerns exist about possible gaps in the accounting.

According to our tally, published June 13, 2019, Qatar alone has provided almost $1.5 billion to U.S. universities and colleges since 2012.

In some cases, the funding comes via government-tied entities with known links to subversion, spying, terrorism and extremist ideology. For example, the terror-linked Qatar Foundation donated a jaw-dropping $33 million to Georgetown University in 2018. That’s just a single year from a single worrisome donor.

Contrary to common belief, the Department of Education records do not show all donations from foreign actors. Disclosure can be avoided with simple evasive measures.

In a previous Clarion Project expose, we showed how the Iranian regime used a well-known front to send donations to about 30 universities in the U.S. and Canada. These donations, for example, do not show up in the Education Department records of foreign funding.

We also published an expose of how the Muslim Brotherhood has successfully used a front called the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) to fund, engage and train academics. The expose included a long list of professors tied to IIIT.

  • IIIT is a known entity of the Muslim Brotherhood, a foreign organization sponsored by foreign governments. IIIT has been investigated and nearly prosecuted for its links to foreign terrorist groups including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. IIIT is known to have received significant foreign funding.
  • But, because IIIT is based in the U.S. and is (supposedly) a completely independent entity, its donations are not included in the Education Department records of foreign donations to universities and colleges.

Therefore, we must conclude that the stunning amount of foreign financing coming to U.S. universities and colleges is just the tip of the iceberg.

Since 2012, that amount disclosed to the Education Department is $10,629,930,796.

Below is a summary – country by country — of some of the nefarious governments funding American academia. These countries aren’t known for having a deep-rooted love for objective education in America.

The figures raise a vital question that the Education Department records cannot answer: What is the return on investment that these donors are getting? What is happening that makes it so worth it to them?

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Gifts to US universities from selected extremist countries since 2012 (Graphic: Clarion Project)
Gifts to US universities from selected extremist countries since 2012 (Graphic: Clarion Project)

QATAR

The government of Qatar is known for sponsoring terrorism, Islamist extremism and running some of the most extensive influence operations in America. Its influence operations run the gamut from political corruption and manipulating media outlets to funding think-tanks, activist organizations and mosques.

The Qatari regime is a top supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian wing, the violent terror group Hamas, as well as affiliates of Al-Qaeda and the Iranian regime. It also openly promotes the puritanical “Wahhabist” brand of Islam that inspires Sunni jihadists around the world.

Al-Jazeera, the most influential Islamist extremist propaganda outlet in the world, is essentially an arm of the Qatari government. Recently, Al Jazeera’s Arabic language viral video channel, AJ+ Arabic, came under fire for producing an anti-Semitic Holocaust-denial video. The video denied that exterminations took place at Nazi concentration camps and claimed that the Zionist movement was the biggest beneficiary from the Holocaust.

As we reported, the Illinois-headquartered Northwestern University has an official partnership with Al-Jazeera. The University’s Qatar-based campus is funded by a terror-linked “charity” controlled by the regime. Their joint program is, according to the university’s own published statements, designed to benefit Al-Jazeera.

Since 2012, the Qatari regime has given $1,478,676,069 to 28 universities throughout the U.S. in the form of monetary gifts and contracts.

The Qatari regime does this through the Qatar National Research Fund and its parent organization, the Qatar Foundation (QF). The Foundation is an arm of the Qatari regime, founded and led by top Qatari officials.

As we wrote in 2014 and in 2015, the “charity” has strong links to Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader and Hamas financier Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi. It named a research center in 2008 after him. The Center’s stated objective is promoting the ideology of Qaradawi.

It also is closely linked to the U.S.-based International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), another terror-tied Muslim Brotherhood front that sends large donations to universities.

QF covers the expenses for six U.S. universities to have campuses in the country: Texas A&M, Virginia Commonwealth, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern and Georgetown at a cost of nearly $405 million per year.

Qatar clearly has something to hide. The Qatar Foundation took the highly suspicious step of  courts to stop the specifics of their university contracts from being disclosed. Recently, the legal watchdog groups Judicial Watch and Zachor Legal Institute announced an investigation into Qatar’s influence at Texas A&M University.

 

SAUDI ARABIA

The government of Saudi Arabia is most responsible for the worldwide spread of the puritanical, theocratic and anti-Western Salafi ideology called “Wahhabism.” The Saudi government is also known to spend lavishly on lobbying and various influence operations in the U.S.

Former CIA case officer Robert Baer, wrote in his book Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold its Soul for Saudi Crude:

“Saudi money also seeped into the bureaucracy. Any Washington bureaucrat with a room-temperature IQ knows that if he stays on the right side of the kingdom, one way or another, he’ll be able to finagle his way to feed at the Saudi trough. A consulting contract with Aramco, a chair at American University, a job with Lockheed—it doesn’t matter.

There’s hardly a living former assistant secretary of state for the Near East, CIA director, White House staffer or member of Congress who hasn’t ended up on the Saudi payroll in one way or another, or so it sometimes seems. With this kind of money waiting out there, of course Washington’s bureaucrats don’t have the backbone to take on Saudi Arabia.”

On the positive side, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS) has taken steps towards reform and curtailing the Wahhabist establishment and Muslim Brotherhood within Saudi Arabia. However, there is no public record of the Saudi government curtailing the promotion of Islamist extremism in the West, nor has the Saudi government publicly disclosed the extent of its past campaigns in the U.S.

To date, the Saudi government remains a theocracy that believes that promotion of its Islamic beliefs is a religious duty. The Saudis have not publicly detailed any effort to end its spreading of its ideology in the U.S, nor have they disclosed or curtailed its other influence operations like funding universities.

Since 2012, Saudi Arabia has contributed at least $649,971,586 to 63 universities in America.

Perhaps the most impactful donations are those to Georgetown University and the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which is part of the university’s School of Foreign Service.  The institution, which was founded in 1993, took the Saudi prince’s name after he donated $20 million to the center in 2005.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a Saudi billionaire and cousin to the crown prince, is accused of being corrupt by the current Saudi government. He was detained for months in Riyadh during a crackdown on alleged corruption by wealthy and prominent figures.

Georgetown’s Alwaleed bin Talal Center and their Bridge Initiative project continue to work tirelessly to promote the Muslim Brotherhood and discredit Muslim reformers.

The Bridge Initiative’s head, Professor John Esposito is tied to a myriad of Brotherhood-affiliated groups and served as an advisory board member for the Hamas-linked United Association of Studies and Research.

Esposito served as a witness for the defense when the U.S. Justice Department prosecuted a Brotherhood front, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, for financing the Hamas terrorist group.

He also continues to consider convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami Al-Arian a close friend. Although Al-Arian provided aid to terrorist groups, his biggest objective was to become integrated into the most powerful political circles in Washington D.C., both Democrat and Republican. He and his cohorts succeeded in this.

 

TURKEY

NATO “ally” Turkey is currently governed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the founder of the Islamist party the Justice and Development Party (AKP). The party is essentially the Turkish wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Turkish government under Erdogan and the AKP has transformed Turkey, which is basically now an Islamist dictatorship and a sponsor of terrorism and extremism.

Erdogan’s government has become one of the main patrons of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and is allied with Qatar. He is also improving Turkey’s relationships with Iran and Russia at the expense of its relationships with the U.S. and other NATO members.

Turkey supports a variety of Sunni extremists, including affiliates of Al-Qaeda, and has been accused of assisting ISIS. Since 2012, Turkey has reportedly been one of the top financial supporters of Hamas, with Erdogan arranging for the transfer of $250-300 million to the terrorist group annually.

During this same timeframe, Turkey has contributed to 15 separate American universities to a tune of $37,724,394.

 

PAKISTAN

The Pakistani government, and especially its intelligence service (ISI), is a major sponsor of Islamist terrorism and extremism. It backs terror groups, including the Afghan Taliban, al-Qaeda, Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jammat ul-Fuqra, the Muslim Brotherhood and Jammat-e-Islami.

Like the other governments mentioned, Pakistan engages in bipartisan influence operations on U.S. soil to manipulate American opinion and policy-making.

Since 2012, Pakistan has contributed to five separate American universities to a tune of $4,895,309.

 

IRAN

The U.S. government regularly condemns the Iranian regime as the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism. Iran’s proxies include the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, radical Shiite militias in Iraq, as well as Sunni terrorists like Hamas, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who it helps to kill American troops in Afghanistan.

Instead of direct gifts, the Iranian regime uses front groups to donate to U.S. and Canadian universities. At least one front has donated to about 30 universities in the U.S. and Canada.

The Department of Education officially records two peculiarly small gifts directly from the Iranian regime to Johns Hopkins University since 2012 for a total of only $80. The context of these two transactions is not known at this time. 

 

SYRIA

The Assad dictatorship of Syria is a state sponsor of terrorism (including al-Qaeda) and a puppet of the Iranian regime.

According to the Department of Education records, Johns Hopkins University has received four monetary gifts from Syria since 2012, totaling $1,364,702.

 

IRAQ

The Iraqi government is massively influenced by the Iranian regime via corruption, trade, ideological bonds and the integration of radical Shiite militias into Iraq’s security apparatus. The influence is so subversive that there have been huge protests, including among Iraqi Shiites, against Iran in Iraq.

The Iraqi government has donated to four universities in America since 2012 a sum of $44,006,913.

The Department of Education lists the Iraqi government separately from the Kurdish Regional Government that is allied with the U.S. That sum does not include funds from our Kurdish friends.

 

LEBANON

Lebanon is strongly influenced by the Hezbollah terrorist group and, therefore, the Iranian regime.

Since 2012, Lebanon has contributed at least $5,708,001 to seven universities in America.

Of that amount, over $3.3 million was gifted to Columbia University by the Mikati Foundation, whose leaders are tied to Hezbollah.

The Mikati Foundation, also known as the Azm & Saade Association, was co-founded by billionaire brothers Taha and Najib Mikati.  Najib is a former prime minister and has strong connections to Hezbollah. The Iranian proxy helped usher Mikati in as prime minister.

 

KUWAIT

Though the U.S. government refers to Kuwait as an ally, the government is friendly to Islamist terrorist and extremist groups, including al-Qaeda affiliates.

In 2012, the Treasury Department’s Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said, “Our ally Kuwait has become the epicenter of fundraising for terrorist groups in Syria.”Since 2012, Kuwait has contributed to 17 separate American universities totaling $65,782,667.

 

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

The Palestinian Authority continues to promote acts of terrorism, anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism. It spends millions of dollars paying salaries to Palestinian terrorists and their families who are imprisoned by Israel.

Since 2017, the Palestinian Authority has provided two monetary gifts to Harvard University totaling $1,050,000.

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The United Arab Emirates is a U.S. ally that has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, including U.S.-based organizations linked to the Islamist extremist movement.

However, the UAE is still known for having a poor human rights record and having influence operations, including ones aimed at our elections.

Since 2012, the UAE has given 32 American Universities a total of $230,945,101.

 

CHINA

The Chinese government is officially communist and follows an ideology hostile to the West, leading it to support the governments of Iran, North Korea and Pakistan. China has even helped protect the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed, an al-Qaeda affiliate backed by Pakistan, from the United Nations. It only relented when the UN appeased its Pakistani allies.

The Chinese government’s massive influence operations on U.S. college campuses is now getting mainstream media attention due to numerous exposes regarding China’s establishment of over 100 Confucius Institutes on campuses across the country.

The Chinese Ministry of Education uses an affiliate named Hanban to transfer this funding. Hanban provides the materials, chooses the activities, and selects the directors and teachers who oversee each Confucius Institute.

Chinese University of Hong Kong Willy Lam described the Institutes as “a base where Beijing’s experts in propaganda and united front work can ‘infiltrate’ their host universities and shape the opinion of scholars and students.”

A Chinese government official made the startling frank admission in 2011, “It [Confucius Institute] has made an important contribution toward improving our soft power. The ‘Confucius’ brand has a natural attractiveness. Using the excuse of teaching Chinese language, everything looks reasonable and logical.”

A year earlier, the Chinese propaganda minister explicitly stated that the Confucius Institutes and China-backed overseas cultural centers are part of its “international propaganda battles” to “create a favorable international environment for us.”

In February, a bipartisan Senate Homeland Security subcommittee report recommended shutting down the Confucius Institutes. The recommendation is also supported by various organizations like the National Association of Scholars and the American Association of University Professors.

The report said that the Chinese government had donated over $158 million to schools in the U.S. since 2006 for its fronts. About 70% of the schools that received $250,000 or more violated U.S. government regulations by failing to disclose the transactions to the Department of Education.

In addition, China is funding “Confucius Classrooms” in over 500 K-12 schools in the U.S., supposedly just for the purpose of teaching the Chinese language.

Since 2012, Chinese interests have given $680,273,016 to 87 separate U.S. universities in the form of gifts and contracts.

A second plank of China’s efforts to influence and infiltrate American academia can be seen in the Education Department records.

The state-controlled Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies has given $13,052,159 to U.S. universities.

Huawei Technologies is the world’s leading manufacturer of base-station equipment for 5G networks. The potential for Huawei, and therefore the Chinese government, to dominate 5G is viewed as a major security concern.

In 2012, a bipartisan House Intelligence Committee report found that Huawei creates an opportunity “for further economic and foreign espionage” from China.  Last year, six U.S. intelligence chiefs, including the heads of the CIA, FBI and NSA, told the Senate Intelligence Committee they would not advise Americans to use products or services from Huawei.

Last year, Huawei’s chief financial officer was detained by Canadian law enforcement. The U.S. government has sought her extradition for Huawei’s suspected violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

The Trump Administration banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei, citing national security risks posed by its hardware.  President Trump then lifted some of the restrictions on Huawei. He most recently said his position has not changed and that the U.S. will not work with Huawei.

The largest recipients of Huawei funds include Cornell University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The University of California-Berkeley has decided to halt Huawei’s funding for research partnerships. It’s also reported that MIT has decided to revisit its relationship with Chinese technology companies due to concerns about cyber security.

 

RUSSIA

Vladimir Putin, the dictator of Russia, is influenced by an ideology referred to as “Eurasianism” that is expansionist and anti-Western.

Russia has an ideological strategy of trying to fuel the “the war of the extremes” in the West by intensifying political and racial tensions. Putin has also found an ally in white supremacist and anti-government movements.

In the Muslim world, Russia primarily supports the radical Shiite wing led by Iran, Hezbollah and the Syrian dictatorship. However, on the Sunni side, Russia is alleged to be helping the Afghan Taliban and refuses to say that Hamas is a terrorist group. Putin is also getting closer to Turkish dictator Erdogan.

Russia has a long history of targeting U.S. universities for infiltration, influence operations and intelligence-gathering.

Since 2012, Russia has contributed to 13 separate American universities to the sum of $99,461,804.

The largest recipient of those funds was MIT with $83,358,344, more than half of which ($51.5 million) came from the Skolkovo Foundation.

The Skolkovo Foundation is a Kremlin-backed initiative and the principal agency responsible for the Skolkovo Innovation Center.  MIT partnered with Skolkovo to establish the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SkolTech).

The president of the Skolkovo Foundation is Viktor Vekselberg, who brokered the deal with MIT to create the joint institute. In 2013, the university elected Vekselberg to its board of trustees.

Last year, MIT removed Vekselberg from their board after the Treasury Department sanctioned him for facilitating Russia’s “malign activities” around the world. The U.S. government accused him of engaging in corruption in Russia’s energy sector.

 

VENEZUELA

Venezuela’s anti-American, Marxist regime is allied with Iran, Turkey, Russia, the Palestinian Authority and individual terrorist groups like Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and Jammat ul-Fuqra. The U.S. says that the Maduro dictatorship is also in bed with Colombian narco-terrorists.

The Venezuelan regime has donated $3,311,132 to three universities in the U.S. since 2012.

These anti-Western governments have made influence operations on U.S. soil a central part of their strategies. They are looking for fertile grounds where ideological allies and malleable finds can be found and reached.

Based on these numbers, it is apparent that they have found such fertile grounds on American university and college campuses.

These governments do not have an unlimited supply of money and do not innocently have American students at the top of their priority lists. They have determined that they are receiving very valuable returns on their investments.

We don’t know what those benefits are, but it is clear that these regimes see American academia as a force multiplier for their agendas.

 

110 Universities Receiving Funding From the Above Countries Since 2012 (for full data, see below or click here)

American University

Kuwait: $500,000

Amherst University

China: $278,723

Arizona State University

China: $31,332,013

Qatar: $2,515,184

Saudi Arabia: $1,489,888

United Arab Emirates: $6,808,927

Babson College

China: $4,742,066

Kuwait: $250,000

Saudi Arabia: $3,421,701

Turkey: $300,000

United Arab Emirates: $799,975

Ball State University

China: $16,235,586

Saudi Arabia: $10,386,082

Boston University

China: $500,000

Saudi Arabia: $500,000

Turkey: $455,254

United Arab Emirates: $20,000,000

Brown University

China: $250,000

Saudi Arabia: $349,601

Bryant University

China: $2,355,670

California Institute of Technology

China: $1,964,445

Russia: $94,012

Saudi Arabia: $9,177,931

Venezuela: $3,000,000

Carnegie Mellon University

China: $4,146,500

Qatar: $376,325,840

Russia: $2,860,500

Saudi Arabia: $1,050,000

United Arab Emirates: $5,000,000

Colorado School of Mines

United Arab Emirates: $3,500,000

Columbia University in New York

China: $19,829,587

Iraq: $150,000

Lebanon: $3,374,946

Pakistan: $100,000

Saudi Arabia: $5,644,467

Turkey: $6,450,000

United Arab Emirates: $330,455

Cornell University

China: $12,537,606

Qatar: $65,780,453

Saudi Arabia: $2,579,426

Turkey: $6,947,000

Dartmouth College

Kuwait: $549,920

DePaul University

China: $348,684

Qatar: $476,485

Saudi Arabia: $4,310,585

Eastern Washington University

China: $278,872

Saudi Arabia: $24,056,212

Emory University

China: $2,649,445

Qatar: $256,750

Saudi Arabia: $8,473,132

Fort Hays University

China: $4,719,265

George Mason University

China: $635,101

Kuwait: $626,371

Saudi Arabia: $58,926,776

United Arab Emirates: $4,672,269

George Washington University

China: $6,439,838

Kuwait: $8,210,943

Saudi Arabia: $75,181,430

Turkey: $731,181

United Arab Emirates: $3,621,726

Georgetown University

China: $6,003,402

Kuwait: $2,000,000

Qatar: $350,874,324

Saudi Arabia: $6,000,000

United Arab Emirates: $2,500,000

Georgia Institute of Technology

China: $9,226,245

Lebanon: $275,000

Qatar: $272,915

Saudi Arabia: $14,713,882

Harvard University

China: $79,272,834

Kuwait: $10,599,567

Pakistan: $275,702

Palestinian Authority: $1,050,000

Qatar: $7,077,754

Saudi Arabia: $30,637,202

Turkey: $16,825,000

United Arab Emirates: $16,825,000

Indiana University – Bloomington

China: $291,000

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

China: $1,015,607

Qatar: $253,553

Saudi Arabia: $1,584,048

Iowa State University School of Science & Technology

United Arab Emirates: $417,809

Jacksonville University

Saudi Arabia: $2,005,558

Johns Hopkins University

China: $7,058,037

Iran: $80

Kuwait: $50,086

Lebanon: $267,890

Pakistan: $1,374,721

Qatar: $1,501,279

Russia:

Saudi Arabia: $32,618,021

Syria: $1,364,702

Turkey: $1,004,577

United Arab Emirates: $2,014,441

Venezuela: $61,132

Juilliard School

China: $9,128,905

Keuka College

China: $664,966

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

China: $31,472,548

Kuwait: $10,817,343

Russia: $83,358,344

Saudi Arabia: $83,100,000

United Arab Emirates: $9,535,725

MCPHS University

Saudi Arabia: $8,966,944

Michigan State University

China: $958,501

Middle Tennessee State University

China: $1,066,491

Missouri State University

China: $5,979,661

New Jersey Institute of Technology

China: $1,370,000

The New School

United Arab Emirates: $3,500,000

New York Institute of Technology

Saudi Arabia: $13,868,962

United Arab Emirates: $3,309,595

New York University

China: $47,921,981

Lebanon: $390,000

Qatar: $581,052

Russia: $5,075,000

Saudi Arabia: $453,312

Turkey: $2,550,283

United Arab Emirates: $80,739,559

Venezuela: $250,000

Northwestern University

China: $4,904,519

Qatar: $340,244,432

Saudi Arabia: $16,333,243

Turkey: $250,258

United Arab Emirates: $250,258

Northwood University

China: $1,646,651

Ohio State University

China: $2,396,592

Ohio University

China: $354,598

United Arab Emirates: $1,066,735

Oregon State University

Iraq: $384,427

Qatar: $417,762

Saudi Arabia: $5,359,320

United Arab Emirates: $1,050,115

Pennsylvania State University

China: $279,850

Qatar: $450,906

Saudi Arabia: $500,000

Turkey: $303,325

Princeton University

China: $9,608,438

Saudi Arabia: $420,000

Purdue University

China: $5,821,932

Kuwait: $13,212,429

Qatar: $2,112,466

Saudi Arabia: $425,003

Rice University

China: $2,814,400

Qatar: $252,896

United Arab Emirates: $11,018,150

Saint John’s University

China: $673,095

Saudi Arabia: $7,901,376

School of the Arts Institute of Chicago

Russia: $500,000

Smith College

China: $100,000

Soka University of America

China: $250,000

Stanford University

China: $57,826,822

Russia: $3,400,000

Saudi Arabia: $17,520,063

United Arab Emirates: $250,000

Stevens Institute of Technology

China: $500,000

United Arab Emirates: $500,000

Teachers College, Columbia University

China: $6,117,067

Texas A&M University

China: $426,930

Qatar: $274,710,107

Saudi Arabia: $9,300,602

Thunderbird School of Management

China: $395,790

Kuwait: $364,128

Saudi Arabia: $2,769,651

Tufts University

China: $2,646,110

Saudi Arabia: $37,896,715

University of Arizona

China: $3,089,641

Qatar: $1,654,498

Saudi Arabia: $5,288,168

University of Arkansas

China: $1,928,437

Iraq: $42,973,653

Saudi Arabia: $7,999,936

University of California—Berkeley

China: $23,044,226

Kuwait: $750,000

Pakistan: $3,094,886

Saudi Arabia: $24,143,617

United Arab Emirates: $338,654

University of California—Davis

China: $250,000

University of California—Irvine

China: $2,818,649

Saudi Arabia: $1,320,000

University of California—Los Angeles

China: $13,784,326

Russia: $673,000

Saudi Arabia: $12,032,553

United Arab Emirates: $453,438

University of California—San Diego

China: $1,000,000

University of California—San Francisco

Russia: $1,500,000

University of California—Santa Barbara

Saudi Arabia: $901,528

University of Chicago

China: $9,568,141

Lebanon: $999,965

Qatar: $556,460

Russia: $1,000,000

Saudi Arabia: $699,982

Turkey: $400,000

University of Colorado—Boulder

Saudi Arabia: $750,000

United Arab Emirates: $43,559,494

University of Colorado—Denver

Qatar: $276,623

University of Georgia

Saudi Arabia: $286,000

University of Houston

Saudi Arabia: $720,000

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

China: $33,531,022

Qatar: $570,079

Russia: $299,638

Saudi Arabia: $280,000

University of Iowa

Qatar: $344,857

University of Kansas

China: $256,222

Iraq: $768,681

Kuwait: $7,905,798

Saudi Arabia: $29,898,072

United Arab Emirates: $1,140,803

University of Kentucky

China: $4,994,037

University of Louisvile

China: $395,527

Lebanon: $200

Pakistan: $50,000

Saudi Arabia: $291,477

Turkey: $50

University of Miami

Saudi Arabia: $2,990,157

University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

China: $23,988,361

Kuwait: $155,500

Lebanon: $400,000

Qatar: $7,860,694

Saudi Arabia: $8,938,503

United Arab Emirates: $661,351

University of Minnesota—Twin Cities

China: $1,735,906

Saudi Arabia: $674,095

United Arab Emirates: $1,498,033

University of Missouri—Columbia

China: $973,993

University of New Hampshire

China: $588,560

University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

China: $289,493

Qatar: $251,998

University of North Texas

China: $300,000

University of Notre Dame

China: $3,750,100

University of Oklahoma

China: $3,237,981

Kuwait: $519,156

Saudi Arabia: $2,403,183

United Arab Emirates: $1,716,000

University of Oregon

China: $770,600

Saudi Arabia: $5,669,090

University of Pennsylvania

China: $32,919,192

Kuwait: $235,175

Saudi Arabia: $1,324,000

Turkey: $300,000

United Arab Emirates: $857,100

University of Pennsylvania—Pittsburgh

China: $3,031,557

Saudi Arabia: $101,750

University of Southern California

China: $64,842,308

Kuwait: $8,973,251

Qatar: $1,159,591

Russia: $500,000

Saudi Arabia: $25,343,601

Turkey: $500,000

University of Tennessee

China: $925,001

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

China: $525,000

University of Texas—Arlington

China: $645,000

University of Texas—Austin

China: $2,274,540

Saudi Arabia: $3,885,104

University of Texas-Dallas

China: $883,615

University of Utah

China: $182,526

University of Washington—Seattle

China: $11,771,182

Qatar: $255,496

Saudi Arabia: $10,150,738

University of Wisconsin-Madison

China: $2,804,480

Saudi Arabia: $799,960

Valencia College

Saudi Arabia: $310,000

Vanderbilt University

United Arab Emirates: $9,305,747

Virginia Commonwealth University

China: $193,042

Qatar: $40,668,808

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

China: $626,992

Saudi Arabia: $426,054

United Arab Emirates: $850,000

Wake Forest University

China: $323,680

Washington Adventist University

Saudi Arabia: $1,581,497

Washington University in St. Louis

China: $559,075

Qatar: $972,807

Wesleyan College

China: $500,000

Westminister Theological Seminary

China: $28,671

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Saudi Arabia: $999,948

Yale University

China: $21,832,445

Russia: $200,720

Saudi Arabia: $1,259,310

Turkey: $707,466

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Ryan Mauro and Alex VanNess

Ryan Mauro is the director of the Clarion Intelligence Network and Shillman Fellow for Clarion Project. Alex VanNess is a research analyst for the Clarion Intelligence Network.