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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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

OTT sector survey

The OTT sector survey will help understand how policy research centres, think tanks, and those related to think tanks and evidence informed policy, see the current context, the key challenges faced and the key issues...

April 26, 2021

OTT Conference 2021: think tanks and change


Welcome to the OTT Conference 2021, co-hosted by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). This year, the conference's main topic is think tanks and change. Last year we hosted our first online...

April 20, 2021