Think Tanks on International Affairs
Updated August 31, 2015
Research Links on Think Tanks on International Affairs provides directories, analysis of the functions, impact, and transparency of think tanks, and tools to search for think tank publications and events.
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Events and Publications
Analysis and Transparency
How others view think tanks and their work and evaluate their influence. Merriam-Webster's Concise Encyclopedia defines a "think tank" as an "institute, corporation, or group organized for interdisciplinary research, usually conducted for governmental and commercial clients. Projects for government clients often involve social policy planning and national defense. Commercial projects include developing and testing new technologies and new products. Funding sources include endowments, contracts, private donations, and sales of reports."
- Columbia University: Books on Think Tanks and Policy Centers
- Center for Global Development: CGD Index of Think Tank Profile
How often a tank's work is reported, cited, downloaded, or followed.
- Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: Think Tank Spectrum
1996-2012; survey of citations of think tanks in major U.S. newspapers and on TV and radio, for range of political affiliations represented.
- The Guardian: Think Tanks
News about and research from British think tanks
- High Horse
Blog about think tank ethics and governance
- National Education Policy Center: Think Tank Review Project
Apply academic peer review standards to reports from think tanks and write brief reviews for the project website.
- New York Times Topics: Nonprofit Organizations
- L'Observatoire des Think Tanks
- L'Observatori dels Think Tanks
- On Think Tanks
Blog for think tanks to "be more strategic in the way they make short and long-term decisions," with commentary on publications and procedures; topics such as communications, data visualization, governance, influence, purposes for think tanks
- One World Trust: “Accountability Principles for Research Organisations”
Analyzes on think-tanks and research institutes accountability
- PR Watch
From Center for Media and Democracy: saved search for articles on think tanks, in relation to "investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations and front groups on public policy, including PR campaigns, lobbying, and electioneering."
- Prospect Magazine: Think Tank Awards
"Most original, influential and rigorous work on the most pressing challenges facing people, governments and businesses today." Global, UK, North America, Europe.
- SourceWatch: Think tanks
Encyclopedia entry on think tanks, provides examples from multiple countries, bibliography
- Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
From University of Pennsylvania: since 2008, produces Go To Think Tank rankings.
- Think Tank Initiative Publications
Reports on donor funding practices, monitoring organizational performance; "to produce evidence about what think tanks need to succeed."
- Think Tank Watch
Analysis of think tank world; includes roundup of think tank publications and events
Global rating of the financial transparency of major think tanks
- Who Funds You?
"As think tanks increasingly take an important role in formulating government policy, it is important for a strong democracy that they are transparent about their own agenda and where their funding comes from."