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“Think Tank” is the popular term used for a policy or research institute. These organizations conduct research and advocate for topics in issues social policy, political strategy, economic, military, technology and culture.
These institutes vary by ideological perspectives, sources of funding, topics and the people. These elements define the workings of the organization and their research focus.
The Harvard LibGuide to Think Tanks
TheLibGuide created by the librarians at the Harvard Kennedy School Library and Knowledge Service has links to many United States and international think tanks. You should consider the think tank's mission, funding/sponsorship. Use the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program web site in conjunction with the list provided on this site.
Top Five Think Tanks
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and aecure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
From the web site:The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.
Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Reseach
HIIK is an independent and interdisciplinary registered association located at the Department of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. The HIIKs commitment is dedicated to the distribution of knowledge over the emergence, course, and settlement of interstate and intrastate political conflicts. The main publication the Conflict Barometer is an annual analysis of the global conflict events an available at this website.
The Wilson Center
Web site for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Chartered by Congress the center seeks to be the leading institution for in-depth research and dialogue to inform actionable ideas on global issues.