Lugar to be knighted

Former Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be knighted Tuesday in recognition of his leadership on foreign affairs and his efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. 

Lugar will become an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire during a ceremony Tuesday at the British Embassy, the Lugar Center announced Monday. The 36-year senator launched the bipartisan nonprofit organization that focuses on non-proliferation, food security and foreign-aid reform earlier this month.

Long considered the Republican foreign-policy dean on Capitol Hill, Lugar is best remembered for co-authoring the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program that helped secure and eliminate 7,600 nuclear warheads in the former Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War. He also led U.S. efforts to bring new members into the NATO alliance and has long worked closely with the British.

Lugar was defeated in last year's Senate Republican primary by Tea Party-backed State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who lost in  turn to former Rep. Joe Donnelly in the general election. He joins a handful of Americans – including presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush – who have received the honor.