Why D.C.'s policy shops need to be transparent about who else is paying their scholars
In 2010, Ian Brzezinski joined the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank focused on foreign policy issues. The position, and a perch on Atlantic’s Strategic Advisory Group, seemed natural for someone with Brzezinski’s resume, which featured significant policy jobs at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. When someone is getting paid, even innocuous statements look murky. READ MORE >>
The Center for American Progress takes issue with recent TNR piece
The February 19, 2013, piece by Ken Silverstein entitled "The Great Think Tank Bubble," which described the Center for American Progress (CAP) as "Heritage's liberal counterpart," misses the type of fact-checking us think tanks are so particular about. READ MORE >>
Think tank salaries are looking more and more like lobbyist salaries. That's no surprise.
Jim DeMint’s decision last December to leave the Senate to become president of the Heritage Foundation produced a mix of shock and hand-wringing in political circles. READ MORE >>
Last Friday the Atlantic Council, the Washington think tank chaired by Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, released a list of its foreign donors. The move came in response to a demand by 25 Republican senators ahead of a Senate vote on Hagel’s confirmation. In a letter addressed to Hagel, the Council’s president and CEO, Frederick Kempe, a former columnist at the Wall Street Journal, included the donor names as well as some details on the think tank’s ethics policies. READ MORE >>