Former longtime Indiana US Senator Richard Lugar will join the handful of Americans to be knighted by the British. Lugar serves as a professor at Indiana University. He will receive the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire during a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington tomorrow// Tuesday.
From The Lugar Center: Her Majesty The Queen of England has bestowed upon retired U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).
The presentation will be made to Lugar at the British Embassy in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 16. Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States will preside. Only royal subjects carry the title of "sir." Still Lugar joins a very select set of Americans to be knighted including Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; as well as Bill Gates, Rev. Billy Graham, Alan Greenspan, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Bob Hope and Henry Kissinger.
Lugar ended his 36-year senate career in January as the Senate's most senior Republican member and its senior foreign policy statesman. His career accomplishments have included creation of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program that has eliminated over 7,600 nuclear warheads in the former Soviet Union and continues to secure and destroy weapons of mass destruction around the world.
Lugar was also the Senate leader on European security affairs and led U.S. efforts to support new members into the NATO alliance. In private life he continues working with British and European allies on energy security, weapons nonproliferation and global food security. To advance solutions in these areas he has founded The Lugar Center (www.TheLugarCenter.org).
Lugar has been busy since leaving the Senate. He heads the German Marshall Fund's Richard G. Lugar Institute for Diplomacy and Congress. He heads the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis which includes a Washington, DC internship program.
Lugar is a distinguished scholar and professor of practice at the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies and co-chairs the IU International Advisory Committee with former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton. Lugar is also a visiting distinguished professor of public policy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. And he is a Counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Lugar, the recipient of 46 honorary degrees, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, England and remains active on the board of Trustees of the Pembroke College Foundation. His studies there were Lugar's first experiences outside the United States and he often credits this commencing his interest and eventual leadership in international relations.