Understanding think tanks

Think tanks are a difficult subject of study. The definition of a think tank is a heavily contested issue and a topic for heated conversations. To understand what they are we must first understand their origins and evolution over time as well as their context and their relationship with it.

There articles offer an insight into think tanks, their relationships with each other and with other actors, and into the very different contexts in which they thrive around the world.

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School for Thinktankers 2022


The School for Thinktankers 2022 is a three-week programme delivered from 24 January to 11 February. Over the course of these three weeks participants are expected to join the learning space every day from 12:30 GMT...

January 24, 2022

The future of think tanks

By Enrique Mendizabal

Over the last decade, the world has become obsessed with think tanks. The Think Tank Initiative convened global funders such as the Hewlett Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Norad, FCDO...

August 4, 2021

Think tanks and political dilemmas

By Fajri Siregar

Almost all think tanks aspire to use their insights and expertise to inform policymaking processes. And as a starting position, this is not problematic. However, a think tank may quickly find...

May 27, 2021
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