38th Lecture

Why (do) think tanks matter,

Why (do) think tanks matter

February 2, 2018

SYNOPSIS OF THE TALK

THINK TANK : A Think tank is an organisation that performs research in advocacy, concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology and culture.

CONTEXT

The world is witnessing the rise of populism, nationalism, and protectionism. New security threats have emerged which includes cyber, artificial intelligence, migration & climate change. There is an ever growing need to get to the roots of these issues.

A Think Tank is able to provide both interdisciplinary and nuanced perspective of issues. Unlike governments, think tanks are not limited by time and therefore are better equipped to provide inputs that can aid key stakeholders in taking informed decision.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THINK TANKS

  • The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, played a pivotal role in promoting the UN anti-genocide Convention by the General Assembly of the United Nations, in 1948.
  • Experts from Brookings Institution, helped rebuild Europe after World War II, by formulating the Marshall plan.
  • Manhattan Project, developed the first atom bomb, involving three countries, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom..

OBJECTIVE

The objective of the 'Why (Do) Think Tanks Matter' event is to have think tanks around the world provide compelling examples to the critical work they perform in a range of political and economic contexts. We believe that the round table on February 2 , 2018 will help in sharing an Indian perspective to the global debate.

THE ROUND-TABLE WILL DRAW ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING

  • How can Think Tanks help governments, policy makers, business leaders, academia, civil society and industries?
  • Can Think Tanks keep up with the speed of today's global changes?
  • How can Think Tanks counter the proliferation of misleading and fake news, which thrive in social and new media?
  • Are they truly independent, and do they provide unbiased analyses?
  • To what extent do their initiatives facilitate dialogue among business leaders, experts, and politicians?

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