A think tank is a research institute that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture.
Most think tanks are non-governmental organizations, but some are semi-autonomous agencies within government or are associated with particular political parties or businesses. Think-tank funding often includes a combination of millionaire donations and individual contributions, with many also accepting government grants.
Many think tanks are organized as non-profit.
Think tanks on Wikispooks
- The Bow Group
- Centre for European Reform
- Centre for Policy Studies 
- Centre for Reform
- Civitas 
- Crime and Society Foundation 
- Demos 
- Fabian Society 
- Forum for the Future 
- Foreign Policy Centre 
- Globalization Institute 
- International Policy Network
- Institute of Economic Affairs 
- Institute for Fiscal Studies 
- Institute of Ideas 
- Institute for Public Policy Research 
- MigrationWatch UK
- New Politics Network
- Politeia 
- Reform 
- Royal Institute for International Affairs 
- Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies
- The Scientific Alliance
- Social Affairs Unit 
- Social Issues Research Centre
- Social Market Foundation 
- Tavistock Institute for Human Behavior
- The Work Foundation 
- Young Fabians
- Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory
- Centre for the New Europe 
- Civita 
- European Science and Environment Forum
- Edmund Burke Foundation 
- Studienzentrum Weikersheim
- Federation of European Employers 
- Istituto Bruno Leoni
- Libres 
- Open Republic Institute 
- Real Instituto Elcano 
- CASE - the Center for Social and Economic Research 
- Stephen Boucher, "Europe and its think tanks : a promise to be fulfilled", Notre-Europe, October 2004.
- Sally Covington How Conservative Philanthropies and Think Tanks Transform US Policy Covert Action Quarterly, Winter 1998.
- Steven C. Clemons, "Thought Control", Tom Paine, November 19, 2003. "Money will always be part of the think-tank business. But when that money and the interests behind it lurk in the shadows of the policy debate, the nation's interests are put at risk."
- Allen S. Hepner, "Next-Generation think-tank techniques can bolster issues management results", Impact, Public Affairs Council, October 2004.
- Jill Junnola, "Perspective: Who funds whom?", CampusWatch.org from Energy Compass, October 4, 2002. Re neo-conservative think tank funding/funders.
- Robert Kuttner,"Comment: Philanthropy and Movements", The American Prospect, July 15, 2002. Excellent article relating "think tank" summit meeting between funders and four major conservative "philanthropies" — American Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, and Manhattan Institute — observed by an invited guest "liberal". This is a virtual "how to" to build a movement.
- Richard Morin and Claudia Deane, "The Ideas Industry", Washington Post. (The Ideas Industry column ran between July 2002 and April 2003 and has been discontinued but an archives of the columns is still accessible).
- National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Moving a Public Policy Agenda: the Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations, a research report from the (NCRP), July 1997. A hard copy of the report can be obtained for $US25 from here
- National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy,$1 Billion for Ideas: Conservative Think Tanks in the 1990s, March 1999. A hard copy of the report can be purchased for $US25 from here
- News from Reality: "The People We Pay to Think - a brief profile on the Rand Corporation and its links to the Carlyle Group.
- Amy Scott, "Under the Influence: an idea takes hold", Marketplace, June 2, 2005. (This story, which runs for just under 8 minutes, is a review of the campaign to repeal the estate tax).
- Amy Scott, "Under the Influence: exercising power", Morning Report, June 3, 2005. (This story, which runs for just over 3 minutes, is looks at the blurred role between lobbyists and think tanks).
- Amy Scott and Scott Tong, "Under the Influence: Think Tanks and the Money that Fueals Them", Marketplace, June 2-3
- Lawrence Soley, "Heritage Clones in the Heartland: Local think tanks' "research" comes pre-digested", EXTRA!, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, September/October 1998.
- Diane Stone, "Think Tanks and the Privatisation Band-Wagon", Manchester Metropolitan University, 1995.
- Scott Tong, "Under the Influence: what you pay for", Morning Report, June 2, 2005. (This story, which runs for just over 3 minutes, is a brief review of the Olin Foundation and its influence).
- Scott Tong, "Under the influence: left vs. right", Marketplace, June 3, 2005. (This story, which runs for just over 7 minutes, reviews the role of left and right wing think tanks).
- David Teather, "Liberals pledge millions to revive US left", The Guardian (UK), August 8, 2005.
- Chris Mooney , "Trust Us, We're Experts", TomPaine.com, September 28, 2005.
|Albert Einstein Institution||Spooky think tank specializing in the study of "nonviolence as a form of warfare." Has nothing to do with pacifism: "It is all about seizing political power or denying it to others".|
|Ashland Institute for Strategic Studies|
|Atlantic Initiative||One of the transatlantic influence networks in Germany.|
|Atlantic Institute||Transatlantic think tank with similar goals to the Trilateral Commission, operational 1961-1988.|
|Australian Science Media Centre||Think tank created to dominate the narrative in Australian corporate media in scientific issues.|
|Australian Strategic Policy Institute||Its function is to give a serious academic appearance to dubious stories in the campaign against China.|
|Bosphorus Institute||Franco-Turkish think tank and deep state milieu. Heavy Bilderberger presence.|
|British Institute of International and Comparative Law|
|Bruegel||EU-aligned think tank that is accused of lobbying for technocratic big tech venture corporations.|
|Bruges Group||Officially, a eurosceptic think tank.|
|Canadian Global Affairs Institute|
|Canadian International Council||Influential Canadian think tank on foreign relations.|
|Carnegie Endowment for International Peace|
|Center for American Progress||A very well funded US think tank and advocacy organization closely aligned with the Democratic Party establishment.|
|Center for European Policy Analysis|
|Center for Independent Studies||Australian libertarian think tank founded in 1976 which specialises in public policy research|
|Centre for European Policy Studies||Corporate think-tank to influence EU policy|
|Centre for European Reform||The Centre for European Reform is a intelligence connected lobby group closely associated with the American Enterprise Institute and the deep state Atlantic Council.|
|Civita||Norwegian (neo)liberal think tank|
|Clingendael Institute||Dutch "independent think tank and academy on international affairs" which continued collaboration with the Institute for Statecraft after the Integrity Initiative leaks|
|Doherty Institute||One of the main pushers of COVID-19 and lockdown and experimental vaccines in Australia. Receives funds both direct from Pfizer and from major Pfizer shareholder the Gates Foundation.|
|Ethics and Public Policy Center||EPPC has functioned as the cutting edge of the neoconservative-driven culture war against progressive theology and secularism, and the associated effort to ensure right-wing control of the Republican Party.|
|Foreign Policy Centre||Think tank sponsored by deep state foundations|
|Foundation for the Defense of Democracies|
|French Institute of International Relations||A "national think tank" founded by Thierry de Montbrial.|
|German Council on Foreign Relations||Think tank with deep state connections|
|German Institute for International and Security Affairs|
|Global Panel Foundation||NGO with members who are mostly people with deep ties to the intelligence community, working behind the scenes promoting international cooperation with regard to decision-making and implementation processes.|
|Global Relations Forum||Turkish think tank founded by the Koç family and dominated by corporate interests.|
|Great Transition Initiative|
|Institut Montaigne||French deep state 'think tank' filled with multiple bilderbergers.|
|Institute for New Economic Thinking||George Soros front. Think tank to change economic policy.|
|Institute for Policy Studies||Progressive US think tank dependent on establishment foundations. Possible gatekeeper.|
|Institute for Regional Security||Spooky Australian think-tank|
|Institute for the Study of War|
|Institute of Public Affairs|
|International Institute for Environment and Development|
|Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute||Neoconservative French think tank|
|Jewish Institute for National Security of America|
|Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security||US Deep state connected group interested in bioweapons and pandemic preparation|
|Labour Foreign Policy Group||A foreign policy think tank affiliated with the British Labour Party.|
|Mont Pelerin Society||influential neoliberal think-tank|
|New Atlantic Initiative||Spooky transatlantic think tank|
|New Local Government Network|
|Norwegian Institute of International Affairs||A semi-official foreign policy think tank close to the [Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and the military intelligence service.|
|... further results|
|Madeleine Albright||“President Clinton and I first met Putin before that
when he was kind of acting president at, this was an APEC meeting in New Zealand, and at that stage Putin was trying to be very ingratiating and trying to make new friends - he was still cold - and the issue about him is he is very smart and in these meetings.
He did not have talking points and he took notes himself. He also is somebody I have to describe this because, they actually did kind of a jazz concert for President Clinton and President Clinton's driving around and Putin was sitting there like this..no rhythm whatsoever.. and and (sic), but the thing that is interesting is how smart he really is and directed he was.
The thing that I speak to more is something that happened before, that in 91 when the Soviet Union had fallen apart I was running a think-tank and I was asked to participate in a big survey of all of Europe after the end of the Cold War, and we had questionnaires and focus groups and things like that, and the focus group I'll never forget, is one outside of Moscow where this man stands up and says "I'm so embarrassed we used to be a superpower and now we're Bangladesh with missiles". And what I think happened I write it not so easy not so difficult to really deduce this, is Putin identified himself with that person who felt that the dignity and the grandeur of Russia had been lost and he has is bound anddetermined to restore that in every single way.”
|Document:The Private Sector, Institutes, Think Tanks and Lobbying Organisations extract from The "Terrorism" Industry||book extract||1990||Edward S. Herman|
|File:Foreign Funding of Think Tanks in America.pdf||Paper||January 2020||RealClearPublicAffairs||The top foreign donors to the think tanks analyzed were Norway ($27.6 million), the United Kingdom ($27.1 million) and the United Arab Emirates ($15.1 million). The UAE is particularly interesting, since it is the top non-democratic donor in the study. The “vast majority” of the UAE’s donations went to “the Aspen Institute, the Atlantic Council, and the Brookings Institution, all of which received at least $4 million from the UAE.”|
An official example
|The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies|