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.

chapter |19 pages

Struggling to be heard

The crowded and complex world of foreign-policy-oriented think tanks

chapter |17 pages

Feulner's pendulum

Moving between policy research and political advocacy

chapter |26 pages

Blending advocacy and research

The attributes and brand identities of the foremost human rights advocacy think tanks

chapter |20 pages

The governance turn in EU foreign policy

Are EU think tanks out of the picture?

chapter |18 pages


The think and the tank

chapter |22 pages

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 1

chapter |12 pages

Still lagging behind?

Foreign policy think tanks in Poland: origins and contemporary challenges

chapter |19 pages

Foreign policies in Spain

The role of think tanks in the battle between the central state and Catalonia

chapter |15 pages

And the winner is …

Why measuring think tank performance is inherently problematic: lessons from Canada and beyond