List of Think Tanks

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This a list of sample employers. It is by no means comprehensive but should serve as a starting point for your job search.



Think Tank Research Focus
Adam Smith Institute Free-market, social policies
Bow Group Centre-right policy
British-American Security Information Council (BASIC) Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
Catalyst Local urban communities affected by poverty, injustice, and social exclusion
Centre for Cities Improving the economic performance of UK cities
Centre for Economic Policy Research Economics, public policy, industrial organisation
Centre for European Reform Pro-European, looks at political, economic and social challenges facing Europe
Centre for Policy Studies Enterprise, society privatisation, freedom and responsibility
Centre for Scottish Public Policy Promote public policy in Scotland, challenge existing structures, systems and levels of public engagement
Chatham House International economics, regional studies
CIViTAS Education, crime, constitution, health reform, immigration
Demos Public services, science and technology, cities and public space, arts and culture, identity and global security
European Policy Forum Left of centre, political ideas and public policy affecting Britain and Europe
Fabian Society Public policy (left of centre), affiliated with the Labour Party
Foreign Policy Centre Develop vision of fair and rule-based world order
Hansard Society Independent political research and education charity. Aims to strengthen parliamentary democracy and encourage public involvement
Institute for Conflict Research Conflict, human rights, social transformation and social justice
Panos Institute Climate change, governance, public health, information society, human security and migration
Institute for Development Studies (IDS) State-engagement, action in developing countries
Institute for Public Policy Research Progressive policy ideas for a just, democratic and sustainable world
Institute of Economic Affairs Free-market ideas
International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) Nonproliferation, counterterrorism
John Stuart Mill Institute Freedom of the individual, democratic participation, political, social, and economic issues
New Economics Foundation Economic, environmental and social issues
New Policy Institute Progressive with focus on poverty and social exclusion, energy-efficient homes, pensions and public sector funding
Oxford Research Group Sustainable approaches to security
Politeia Social and economic thinking, employment, tax education, health, pensions
Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Defence and security
Social Affairs Unit Social, economic, and cultural issues with an emphasis on personal responsibility; issues ranging from welfare to warfare
Social Market Foundation Champions policy ideas which marry markets with social justice and take a pro-market rather than a free-market approach
VERTIC Arms control, disarmament and the environment, with particular attention to issues of monitoring, review, implementation and verification.


Think Tank Research Focus
African Institute for Economic and Social Development/INADES Economic, political and social issues, development studies, communication and information, foreign relations, and diplomacy
Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS) Development, international system
Centre for Conflict Resolution Conflict
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Social sciences
Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) Economy, military, strategic studies
Free Market Foundation Human development
Gulf Research Center (GRC) Gulf Cooperation Council affairs
Institute of Security Studies (ISS) Human security
South Africa Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Trade, investment, security, conflict, SA foreign policy
South African Institute of Race Relations Political issues, economic issues, labour and human resource development, and social issues
UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning Economic issues, development studies, gender, regional studies, industry policy, political issues, and labour and human resource development

Asia and the Middle East

Think Tank Research Focus
Asia Pacific Research Institute Business, law, economics, politics, international relations, and public affairs
Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Defence, security policy, global challenges, regional studies
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Philosophy, social sciences, People's Republic of China
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research Economics, social and political change, international relations, development studies, and environmental and natural resources
The Institute for Applied Energy Energy technology, environment and natural resources, science and technology, social issues, and communication and information
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) Military affairs, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, security
Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) International relations
Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) Israel's national security and Middle East affairs
Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) International relations, foreign policy
Japan Policy Research Institute Political issues, security and defense, economic issues, foreign relations and diplomacy, and regional studies
The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel Economic issues and structural change with an emphasis on Israel


Think Tank Research Focus
Center for Strategic Studies Foreign relations and diplomacy, regional studies, security and defence, and political and economic issues
Centre for European Policy Studies EU affairs
European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) First pan-European think-tank, European values-based foreign policy
French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) Trans-Atlantic relations, European affairs
German Council for Foreign Relations (DGAP) German foreign policy, international relations
German Institute for International and Security Affairs German foreign policy and security
Institute of Economic Analysis Economic issues, development studies, regional studies, social issues, health and welfare, fiscal policy, and international comparison, consults with Russian government bodies
International Crisis Group Prevention/resolution of deadly conflict
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) Electoral processes, political parties, democracy, conflict
Kiel Institute for the World Economy Global economics
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Promote economic and social well-being around the world
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Arms control, conflict management
Transparency International Anticorruption

Latin America and the Caribbean

Think Tank Research Focus
Center for Latin American Monetary Studies Economic issues in Latin America and the Caribbean
Centro de Estudios Publicos (CEP) Chilean affairs
Centro de Implementacion de Politicas Publicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) Education, health, justice, public spending
Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI) International relations
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACOS) Social sciences, education
Foundation for Latin American Economic Research Applied economics. Devoted to economic research, particularly in Argentina and Latin America
Libertad y Desarroll (LYD) Economy, justice, environment


Think Tank Research Focus
American Council for Capital Formation International competitiveness, taxes, trade, and environmental policies
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) Trade, defence
The American Society of Intrenational Law International law, international relations, justice
Aspen Institute Education, environment, security, energy, and healthcare
British-American Security Information Council (BASIC) Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
The Brookings Institute U.S. foreign policy, Middle East
The Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs "Post-Cold-War" policy concerns, war and peace issues human rights, environmental protection, economic devlopment, and globalization of trade
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Nuclear nonproliferation, China
The Carter Center Human rights, foreign relations and diplomacy, development studies, democratization, health, and agriculture
Cato Institute Libertarianism, deregulation
Center for American Progress Domestic, economy, national security, energy and environment, media and progressive values
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, national security
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) Federal budget, federal tax
Center for Global Development Aid effectiveness, education, globalization, health, migration, and trade
Center for International Policy Foriegn policy, demilitarisation, human rights
Center for Security Policy American national security
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Defense policy, diplomacy
Committee for Economic Development US and international economic issues, political issues, education, labor and human resource development, business, welfare reform, and the low-wage labor market
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) U.S. foreign policy, national security
East-West Center Policy related to the Asia Pacific region and the United States
Economic Policy Institute Political and economic issues, industry policy, social issues, education, and environmental issues
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy Economic and social issues, sustainable agriculture, physcial sciences, environment and natural resources, health and welfare
Foreign Policy Association International issues that influence Americans' lives
Foreign Policy Research Association The war on terrorism, developments in the Middle East, nuclear proliferation, relations with China, Russia, and Japan, the roles of religion and ethnicity in international politics, and the nature of Western identity
The German Marshall Fund of the United States Aid and development, cities and urban issues, climate and energy, democracy and civil society, economics, trade and investment, foreign and transatlantic relations, immigration and integration, and security and defence
Heritage Foundation Tax policy, missile defence
Hoover Institute, Stanford University Politics, economics, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs
Human Rights Watch Human rights
Intsitute for Communitarian Policy Studies Communitarian policy research with a focus on morally-informed analysis of social problems
Institute for National Strategic Studies American national security
National Bureau of Asian Research Strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia
National Center for Policy Analysis Reforms in health care, taxes, social security, welfare, criminal justice, education, and environmental regulation
Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability Global and regional issues with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Foreign relations and diplomacy, economic issues, environment, ecologically-sound macro economic policies, peace and security
Peterson Institute for International Economics Reform of the IMF, adoption of international banking standards, exchange rate systems in the G-7 and emerging market economies, response to debt and currency crises, and key trade policies
Rand Corporation Military strategy, political economy
Social Science Research Council Seeks to advance social science throughout the world and supports research, education, and scholarly exchange on every continent
Truman National Security Project American homeland security
United Nations Association of the United States of America Supports the work of the United Nations and encourages active civic participation in social and economic issues
United States Institute of Peace Conflict resolution, stability, and peacebuilding
U.S. PIRGs Alliance of state-based, citizen-funded organizations that advocate for the public interest
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Regional studies, democracy promotion
World Economic Forum Trade, corporate governance, sustainable democracies, and comparative economic studies
World Security Institute Global affairs and security
Worldwatch Institute Climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty
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