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Think Tanks

How Exxon's Funding Of Climate Denial Turned Americans Against Their Own Government For Profit

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Dave Johnson

This propaganda and the money that propelled it has polluted our entire political system. Look into almost any organization (or political party) promoting "limited government" and complaining about "burdensome government regulation" and you will find oil money.

UK Think Tanks Reveal Who Funds Them as Sector Embraces Transparency

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.08.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

At least nine major British think tanks will disclose who funds their research and advocacy over the coming month, marking a systemic shift towards greater financial transparency across the entire UK policy research scene.

Most Australian Think Tanks Keep Their Funding Secret, New Data Shows

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Australian think tanks are among the least financially transparent in the world, according to data compiled by Transparify.

Think Tankers "Often Asked to Manipulate Data," Claims Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

In this interview, Don Abelson shares his views about think tanks, research integrity, advocacy and lobbying.

Foreign Lobbyist Gets Free Platform at Georgetown University, Atlantic Council

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The specter of foreign powers and their lobbyists distorting America's democratic system may worry ordinary Americans, but it seems that few inside the Beltway share their concerns.

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

Birth of an Institution in Boston

Llewellyn King | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Will the Boston Global Forum become, like so many, a smooth propaganda machine? Or will it be a place where the outlandish can live with the orthodox?

Human Rights Alarmingly Absent in Think Tank Immigration Proposals

Hazel Guardado | Posted 04.22.2015 | College
Hazel Guardado

The voices in the immigration debate are many. Politicians, activists, NGOs, and academics play a key role in shaping this discussion through various mediums, such as books, articles, reports, media campaigns and direct action.

Think, Then Act!

Michael Møller | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Michael Møller

we need to create space and time for this type of reflection if we want truly long-term, creative solutions that actually respond to the challenges before us in a meaningful way.

Is the Democratic Party Relevant Anymore?

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking, "What did the voters want?" But the right question is why only 36.4 percent of potential voters bothered to register and vote? Obviously Democrats did not give those voters a good enough reason to take the trouble. Is the Democratic Party relevant anymore?

FATCA: Are Transnational Criminal Networks Influencing US Policy?

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Natasha Srdoc

There is a fundamental difference between the privacy of banking accounts and hiding beneficial ownership in order to commit crimes. The benefits of tracking organized crime, terrorism financing and tax evasion far outweigh the risks to privacy and secrecy of accounts, which is already adequately protected by rule of law nations.

U.S. Foreign Policy Manipulation via Media Is Systemic, Warns Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Till Bruckner

Foreign policy pundits have had a rough time recently in Washington, D.C.

Fund a Think Tank, Buy a Lobbyist?

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Beltway policy wonks of all stripes are in a flurry after the New York Times published an article last Sunday alleging that foreign governments "buy influence" by funding U.S. think tanks.

REPORT: Think Tanks Sell Out To Foreign Governments With Eye On Washington

The New York Times | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics

The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top...

What's Next for Foreign Policy Think Tanks?

Robert Muggah | Posted 11.03.2014 | Technology
Robert Muggah

Instead of drafting briefing papers describing policy proposals in the abstract, think tanks can consider building software and data visualizations that demonstrate how these same policies might operate in practice. This is not as hard as it sounds -- there are some tried and tested steps worth considering.

Think Tank Apologizes After Telling Amnesty International To 'Suck It' On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

A Washington, D.C., think tank apologized on Tuesday for telling the human rights group Amnesty International to “suck it” on Twitter. Early Tu...

The Russia/Ukraine Mess Is More Than Just Putin

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Rather than simply managing crises over the short-term, the United States needs to be more organized and realistic when its deals with the Kremlin.

Why Do Think Tanks Seldom Work?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 03.15.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo


Progressives on the Take

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Democrats bear as much responsibility as Republicans for allowing our once promising democracy to degenerate into a plutocracy of the irresponsible super-rich.

Gerry Smith

Prestigious Washington Think Tank Hacked | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.22.2013 | Technology

Hackers spied on employees at the Aspen Institute for two months, snooping on their email correspondence before the FBI discovered the breach and trac...

Want to Be Hip? Get Involved in Solving the Youth Unemployment Problem

Bill Reese | Posted 02.19.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

I can't remember the last time someone used the word "cool" to describe me or what I do. Obviously it doesn't happen very often. But just the other d...

DeMint Explains Shock Resignation

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday that he plans to remain an effective mouthpiece for conservative politicians -- may...

Romney's Tax Plan: Are Blogs Evidence? What Is?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

It's shocking to me that the Mitt Romney campaign is now lurching around, daily trotting out new "studies" and "solutions" to their tax plan's math problem -- "we'll broaden the base (but can't say how)"... "we'll cap deductions at $17,000"... "whoops... that doesn't work... we'll cap them at $25,000." The Romney team clearly threw out their tax plan -- 20 percent cuts across the board -- without any of the requisite spade work to see if it actually made sense. And now that real studies are challenging it, they're veering from "just trust us" to setting the evidentiary bar down so low that anything with numbers on it can clear it. Not surprising, given the beating the facts have taken in this election cycle, but not so good for democracy, not to mention the truth.

Buddhist Activism And Public Policy: The International Network Of Engaged Buddhists

Matt Bieber | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion
Matt Bieber

"There are the tools that you use for personal practice that help keep you grounded. Then there are relational tools that Buddhism has for dealing with others. And then at the third level are the Buddhist tools for understanding the world and society."

Arnold Teams Up With USC For Think Tank

AP | Posted 10.02.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the University of Southern California announced Thursday they are partnering to c...