Questions about the role and influence of think tanks in matters of foreign policy and geopolitics are both timely and important. The reconfiguration of global power, explosion of social media, shifts away from traditional print and oral-based ways of imparting knowledge, and the dramatic increase in the volume of information and ideas clamoring for the attention of policy-makers are changing the landscape of foreign policy-making and the pathways through which influence is achieved. This book explains the impact of think tanks on the framing of domestic and international conversations on matters of foreign policy and geopolitics. An international group of prominent experts examine these issues in specific countries and also across national and regional borders to better understand how governments and actors in civil society are influenced by the activities of think tanks.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Struggling to Be Heard: The Crowded and Complex World of Foreign Policy-Oriented Think Tanks
Donald E. Abelson and Stephen Brooks
Chapter 2 Feulner’s Pendulum: Moving between Policy Research and Political Advocacy Donald E. Abelson
Chapter 3 Blending Advocacy and Research: The Attributes and Brand Identities of the Foremost Human Rights Advocacy Think Tanks
Stephen Brooks and Pinar Cil
Chapter 4 The Governance Turn in EU Foreign Policy: Are EU Think Tanks out of the Picture?
Chapter 5 Think Tanks American Style
Donald E. Abelson
Chapter 6 Germany: The Think and the Tank
Chapter 7 Think Tanks and Foreign Policy in the United Kingdom
Mark Garnett and Simon Mabon
Chapter 8 Chinese Think Tanks’ Influence on Foreign Policy Making: A Case Study of the Role of CIIS and SIIS in the Making of China’s Europe Policy
Chapter 9 Still Lagging Behind?
Foreign Policy Think Tanks in Poland: Origins and Contemporary Challenges
Chapter 10 Foreign Policies in Spain: The Role of Think Tanks in the Battle between the Central State and Catalonia
Chapter 11 And the Winner Is: Why Measuring Think Tank Performance is Inherently Problematic: Lessons from Canada and Beyond
Donald E. Abelson