Policymaking in Turbulent Times: The Role of Think Tanks

Recent elections show a rise in populism, nationalism, and protectionism that signal a challenge to the post-WWII global order. This new reality, which in itself brings uncertainty, is also giving rise to growing transnational challenges such as climate change, mass migration and refugee crises, as well as traditional and non-traditional security threats. Think tanks, in turn, work to analyze, develop, and promote policy solutions to these and other pressing domestic and global challenges. While the importance of think tanks is increasing, they now operate in information-rich societies where facts, evidence, and research don’t always seem to matter. These trends challenge the sustainability and impact of think tanks, which have to work to achieve a balance between relevance, rigor, accessibility, and accountability.

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program are pleased to present a panel discussion on the role of international affairs think tanks during this critical juncture in U.S. and global politics. This event also serves at the New York launch of the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index report.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please contact [email protected]











When: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave.
212-288-6400
Price: Free, registration required
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Recent elections show a rise in populism, nationalism, and protectionism that signal a challenge to the post-WWII global order. This new reality, which in itself brings uncertainty, is also giving rise to growing transnational challenges such as climate change, mass migration and refugee crises, as well as traditional and non-traditional security threats. Think tanks, in turn, work to analyze, develop, and promote policy solutions to these and other pressing domestic and global challenges. While the importance of think tanks is increasing, they now operate in information-rich societies where facts, evidence, and research don’t always seem to matter. These trends challenge the sustainability and impact of think tanks, which have to work to achieve a balance between relevance, rigor, accessibility, and accountability.

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program are pleased to present a panel discussion on the role of international affairs think tanks during this critical juncture in U.S. and global politics. This event also serves at the New York launch of the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index report.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Buy tickets/get more info now