The scoop will be in the JPost tomorrow morning (and online within a half hour or so, I'd imagine), but you heard it here first: Natan Sharansky, who quit the government last week over disengagement, is joining the Shalem Center as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. He's going to be devoting his time to writing a book defending the nation-state in general, and Israel as the Jewish nation-state in particular -- particularly in the age of the European Union, globalization, etc. In addition, the Shalem Centre will be publishing the Hebrew edition of his recent best-seller (in English), The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror. The right-wing conservative think tank is probably a natural home for Sharansky, who, in any case, was always a better writer (/ journalist) than politician. Good move.
UPDATE: Dammit. The Jerusalem Post online got there first (by a matter of minutes...) after all. Never mind, you still probably heard it here first :-)