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Javier Solana joins Brookings think-tank

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(WASHINGTON) - Javier Solana, who stepped down as the European Union's foreign policy chief in November, is joining The Brookings Institution as an expert, the US think-tank said Tuesday.

Solana, 67, will head foreign policy research and "participate in the policy debate," according to Brookings, which ranks among Washington's top policy research institutions.

In his new role, he will also consult with Brookings programs on transnational governance and the global economy and development.

The bespectacled Solana became a familiar face on the European stage over the past decade, with his affable smile and usual three-day-growth beard.

He took over European diplomacy after serving as secretary general of NATO where he led the military alliance into the war in Kosovo in 1999.

"With his many years of outstanding service as Europe's leading diplomat and as leader of NATO during a period of transformation and challenge, Javier will make a significant contribution to the institution's global agenda," Brookings President Strobe Talbott said in a statement.


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