AP Initiative Chairman Yoichi Funabashi has written an opinion-editorial on “The Think-Tank Dilemma” for Project Syndicate, published on January 21, 2019.
In this article, Dr. Funabashi argues that think tanks must double down on their core purpose of validating evidence-based policymaking. He looks at how think tanks face challenges from new competitors such as for-profit think tanks in the ideas industry and must negotiate an increasingly tense geopolitical climate.
Most significantly, however, Dr. Funabashi argues that think tanks are under attack due to populist fervor and the blurring of facts and opinions. He calls on think tanks to draw on their convening power to build cross-party cooperation and to use technology to unmask authoritarian influences.
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