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by Vaughn Aubuchon

HERE are 42 top "Think Tanks" in the U.S., created for the purpose of influencing United States government policies. By nature, most think tanks are conservative, and seek to promote the aims of rich US special interest groups, be they commercial, private, or military.

The think tanks are organized by date of creation. White papers, lobbyists, and "news releases" are used to change and direct U.S. government policies, to the benefit of the think tank organizations.

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U.S. Think Tanks -
by FOUNDED DATE

Founded
Abbrev.

Institution Name

Focus

Founded /
Location

1907
RSF

Russell Sage Foundation

social

1907 - New York, NY

1910
CEFIP

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

peace

1910 - Washington, DC

1916
BI

Brookings Institution

research

1916 - Washington, DC

1919
HI

Hoover Inst. on War, Revolution and Peace

war, peace

1919 - Stanford, CA

1921
CFR

Council on Foreign Relations

foreign policy

1921 - New York, NY

1943
AEI

American Enterprise Institute

conservative

1943 - Washington, DC

1943
NBER

National Bureau of Economic Research

economics

1943 - Washington, DC

1946
FEE

Foundation for Economic Education

liberal

1946 - Irvington, NY

1948
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Rand

ap. research

1948 - Santa Monica, CA

1950
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Aspen Institute for International Economics

economics

1950 - Washington, DC

1952
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Population Council

pop. control

1952 - New York, NY

1952
RFF

Resources For the Future

resource econ.

1952 - Washington, DC

1955

1956

1958
FPRI

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RTI

Foreign Policy Research Institute

Asia Society

Research Triangle International

research

promote asia

research

1955 - Philadelphia, PA

1956 - New York, NY
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1958 - Research T.P., NC

1960

1961

1961
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East-West Center

Atlantic Council

Hudson Institute

research

inter. security

conservative

1960 - Honolulu, HA

1961 - Washington, DC

1961 - Indianapolis, IN

1962
CSIS

Center for Strategic and International Studies

strategy

1962 - Washington, DC

1963
AIPAC

American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Israel

1963 - Washington, DC

1963

1968
IPS

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Institute for Policy Studies

Urban Institute

progressive

social

1963 - Washington, DC

1968 - Washington, DC

1968
WWICS

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

education

1968 - Washington, DC

1972

1973
GMF

HF

German Marshall Fund

Heritage Foundation

grants

conservative

1972 - Washington, DC

1973 - Washington, DC

1974
HIID

Harvard Institute for International Development

int. devel.

1974 - Cambridge, MA

1975
IFPRI

International Food Policy Research Institute

hunger

1975 - Washington, DC

1977
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Cato Institute

libertarian

1977 - Washington, DC

1980
EWI

EastWest Institute

security

1980 - New York, NY

1981
PIIE

Peterson Institute for International Economics

economics

1981 - Washington, DC

1982

1982
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WRI

Carter Center

World Resources Institute

humans

environm.

1982 - Atlanta, GA

1982 - Washington, DC

1983
NED

National Endowment for Democracy

democracy

1983 - Washington, DC

1984

1984

1985
CEI

USIP

CIS

Competitive Enterprise Institute

United States Institute of Peace

Center for Immigration Studies

free market

peace

immigration

1984 - Washington, DC

1984 - Washington, DC

1985 - Washington, DC

1985
WINEP

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Israel

1985 - Washington, DC

1999
CEPR

Center for Economic and Policy Research

economics

1999 - Washington, DC

1999
NAF

New America Foundation

everything

1999 - Washington, DC

2001

2003

2004
CGD

CAP

PRC

Center for Global Development

Center for American Progress

Pew Research Center

int. devel.

progressive

research

2001 - Washington, DC

2003 - Washington, DC

2004 - Washington, DC

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U.S. Think Tank TAG LINES

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Found.

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Institution Name

#. Tag Line/ Focus

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1907

Russell Sage Foundation
1. research in the social sciences

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1910

Carnegie Endowment for Int. Peace
2. economic, political, peace research

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1916

Brookings Institution
3. independent research and policy institute

4
1919

Hoover Institution on War, Rev. and Peace
4. research in domestic policy and international affairs

5
1921

Council on Foreign Relations
5. nonpartisan research center

6
1943

American Enterprise Institute
6. public policy research

7
1943

National Bureau of Economic Research
7. research organization

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1946

Foundation for Economic Education
8. home to free market education

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1948

Rand
9. independent research - science and technology

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1955


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1958

Aspen Institute for Int. Economics
10. foster enlightened leadership

Population Council
11. global operations research program

Resources For the Future
12. nonpartisan, independent economic research

Foreign Policy Research Institute
13. providing ideas in service to our nation

Asia Society
14. educating americans, fostering understanding with Asians

Research Triangle International
15. contract research - pharmaceuticals, public health

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1960


1961


1961


1962

East-West Institute
16. education and research organization

Atlantic Council
17. ideas, influence, impact

Hudson Institute
18. domestic and foreign policy

Center for Strategic and Inter. Studies
19. non-profit, private, foreign policy research institute

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1963


1963


1968

American Israel Public Affairs Committee
20. what are you doing to protect Israel?

Institute for Policy Studies
21. ideas into action for peace, justice, environ.

Urban Institute
22. research of record

23
1968

Woodrow Wilson Inter. Cen. for Scholars
23. individual research

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1972


1973


1974


1975


1977

German Marshall Fund
24. strenghtening transatlantic relations

Heritage Foundation
25. policy research and analysis

Harvard Inst. for Inter. Development
26. development assistance, training, and research

Inter. Food Policy Research Institute
27. sustainable food policy

Cato Institute
28. public policy analysis

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1980


1981


1982


1982


1983

EastWest Institute
29. forging collective action for a safer and better world

Peterson Institute for Inter. Economics
30. international economic policy

Carter Center
31. international nonprofit public policy center

World Resources Institute
32. climate change and the environment

National Endowment for Democracy
33. supporting freedom around the world

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1984


1984


1985


1985

Competitive Enterprise Institute
34. free markets and limited government

United States Institute of Peace
35. global conflict management

Center for Immigration Studies
36. low-immigration, pro-immigrant

Washington Inst. for Near East Policy
37. pro-israel institute

38
1999

Center for Economic and Policy Research
38. promote democratic debate

39
1999

New America Foundation
39. invests in new thinkers

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41


42
2001


2003


2004

Center for Global Development
40. practical ideas for global prosperity

Center for American Progress
41. progressive ideas for a strong, just America

Pew Research Center
42. Numbers, Facts and Trends Shaping Your World

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