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Have news about think tanks, policy-oriented foundations or nonprofits? E-mail it to ideas@washpost.com.

This is an archive of The Ideas Industry, Richard Morin and Claudia Deane's column on Washington's think tanks.

For CSIS, It's OSI to the Rescue
Tuesday, April 15, 2003; Page A23
As you may recall, the Center for Strategic and International Studies stood to be $10,000 poorer last week after the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) threatened to cut funding to CSIS in retaliation for a seminar that featured a paper arguing for relaxing patent protections on life-saving drugs.


Irked Drug Industry May Pull Tank Funds
Tuesday, April 8, 2003; Page A31
The trade association for the pharmaceutical industry reportedly has threatened to cut off support to a Center for Strategic and International Studies program in retaliation for a CSIS symposium that featured a report recommending that patent protections be relaxed to reduce the cost of life-saving drugs for poor nations.


Tank Divisions Head Into the Media Fray
Tuesday, March 25, 2003; Page A07
Washington's thinking class has gone to war, offering context to the crisis in Iraq and directing smart verbal bombs at the administration, the administration's critics and sometimes at each other on television, radio and in news stories and op-ed columns.


Report Generates Negative Energy
Tuesday, March 18, 2003; Page A27
If you're ever tempted to think that the city's messiest politics are found only on Capitol Hill, have a chat with energy expert Robert L. Hirsch, whose termination from the Rand Corp. last fall still rankles him. His behind-the-scenes tale of a policy report gone awry is awash in policy disagreements and charges and countercharges.


New Data on Abortion-Crime Link
Tuesday, March 11, 2003; Page A21
There's new and stronger evidence to support one of the most provocative and controversial social theories of recent decades, namely that abortions reduce crime, two economists contend in a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research .


AIDS Takes Toll on African Militaries
Tuesday, March 4, 2003; Page A21
AIDS in the military has emerged as a new security threat to developing countries, such as South Africa, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where more than four in 10 soldiers are infected with HIV, according to researcher Radhika Sarin of the Worldwatch Institute .


Rand Urges World Focus on Land Mines
Tuesday, February 18, 2003; Page A23
It will take nearly half a century to clear all the land mines lying in wait in onetime battlefields around the world unless new technologies are developed to locate and disarm these weapons of personal destruction, according to a new study to be released today by the Rand Corp .


A Fabricated Fan and Many Doubts
Tuesday, February 11, 2003; Page A19
The cyber-pundits are piling on John R. Lott Jr., the embattled American Enterprise Institute researcher who acknowledged that he created an online fan, "Mary Rosh," to defend his work against critics.


Haass to the Council on Foreign Relations?
Tuesday, January 28, 2003; Page A19
The Council on Foreign Relations reportedly will offer its presidency to Richard N. Haass, who currently heads the State Department's policy planning shop and is President Bush's point person on Northern Ireland, council sources said yesterday.


Values Survey Finds Odd Bedfellows
Tuesday, January 21, 2003; Page A15
Atheists, Muslims and Mormons led the list of groups viewed by Americans as the least like themselves in terms of basic beliefs and values, according to a national survey by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research .


At Policy Institute, Watching Warily
Tuesday, January 14, 2003; Page A17
Policy-oriented progressives have been keeping a nervous watch on the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute this past year as the 17-year-old organization works through its first presidential transition.


Think Tanks for Homeland Security
Tuesday, January 7, 2003; Page A15
Homeland security chief Tom Ridge has been tapping into the collective wisdom of the think tank community of late as he works to bring the new Department of Homeland Security into being.


Importing a Leader From Outside the Beltway
Tuesday, December 17, 2002; Page A31
The 10-year-old Progress & Freedom Foundation announced a change in leadership yesterday, naming Republican lawyer Raymond L. Gifford, the chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, as its next president.


Japanese See Sunset at Brookings
Tuesday, December 10, 2002; Page A27
A decision by the Brookings Institution to cut loose prominent Japan scholar Edward J. Lincoln has enraged many local Japan-watchers and provoked a strong rebuke in the Japanese media.


The Hot New Americans Get Hotter
Tuesday, November 26, 2002; Page A27
Can the New America Foundation possibly get any hotter? Three of its scholars made the list of new thinkers proclaimed "the best and the brightest" in the current issue of Esquire. Now comes word that all but one of the 13 policy essays in a 36-page special section to appear in the January/February issue of Atlantic Monthly magazine are by writers closely associated with New America.


Lobbyists Seen Lurking Behind Tank Funding
Tuesday, November 19, 2002; Page A23
Did you happen to hear a faint, high-pitched whistling sound coming from somewhere off the Atlantic seaboard last week?


In India's Violence, a Civics Lesson
Tuesday, November 5, 2002; Page A23
From 1950 to 1995, approximately 7,000 Indians lost their lives in violent clashes between Hindus and Muslims. Roughly half of these deaths took place in just eight cities, which represent a mere 6 percent of the vast nation's population, according to political economist Ashutosh Varshney. What made these cities so dangerous, while others have passed the decades peaceably?


Using the Military as the First Resort
Tuesday, October 29, 2002; Page A19
The technological and tactical transformations underway in the U.S. armed forces could lead to the militarization of the nation's foreign policy and diminish the role of diplomacy in settling international conflicts, warns Hans Binnendijk of the National Defense University in a new book.


National Policy Center Looks for Deep Pockets
Tuesday, October 22, 2002; Page A25
Thinking Washington was abuzz last week with reports that the Center for National Policy , among the few major left-of-center think tanks in the country, would close by the end of December, the victim of a budget crisis spawned by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Environmental Law's Futrell to Leave Post
Tuesday, October 15, 2002; Page A17
Everyone agrees that the Environmental Law Institute's recent annual dinner at the Omni Shoreham Hotel was an entirely pleasant but unremarkable mix of awards, speeches and wine.


Investing in Nuclear Nonproliferation
Tuesday, October 8, 2002; Page A23
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has joined the Nuclear Threat Initiative as an adviser to its board of directors and has pledged $2.5 million over five years to the fledgling organization.


Building Trust in a Savings Incentive
Tuesday, October 1, 2002; Page A19
Interested in earning 200 percent on the dollar? It's a real offer being made to the poorest Americans in selected cities. The goal: encouraging low-income earners to save money by providing them with matching funds.


Ranking the Most Quotable Economists
Tuesday, September 24, 2002; Page A19
The Brookings Institution, the Institute for International Economics and the American Enterprise Institute are the big winners among the economic policy think tanks when it comes to press citations, according to a study being published in the forthcoming issue of International Economy magazine.


A Vision for Voting in Sierra Leone
Tuesday, September 17, 2002; Page A19
For those of you who don't yet know, war-torn Sierra Leone held successful national presidential elections this spring. And the good news gets better: Even the blind were able to vote by secret ballot -- no easy task.


Aspen Interim President Resigns
Tuesday, September 10, 2002; Page A13
There's more trouble at the top of the Aspen Institute. Interim president Elmer Johnson abruptly resigned amid mounting budget problems and conflicts with the institute's board of directors over his leadership style and decision to run the think tank from Chicago.


Belief Erodes in First Amendment
Tuesday, September 3, 2002; Page A15
Half of all Americans say the First Amendment "goes too far" in the rights it guarantees -- a 10 percentage point increase in barely a year and more than double the proportion that offered a similarly negative view just two years ago, according to a survey by the First Amendment Center .


Poor Accounting Pays Off for Some CEOs
Tuesday, August 27, 2002; Page A13
Cooking the books pays -- at least for a while, and at least for chief executive officers, the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy contend in a new study of corporate salaries.


Report Causes Nigerian Leader False Alarm
Tuesday, August 20, 2002; Page A11
They're still scratching their heads at the Center for Strategic and International Studies over a recent speech by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to the Jamaican parliament in which he denounced the think tank for bad-mouthing elections in his country.


Bigger Markets for Inmate Workers?
Tuesday, July 30, 2002; Page A15
Now that the country has ended welfare as we know it, it might be the moment to end jail time as we know it.


Campaigners Told: Watch the Rough Stuff
Tuesday, July 23, 2002; Page A15
More debates, fewer personal attacks and don't you dare question your opponent's patriotism, say voters when asked what they do and don't want to see in the upcoming congressional campaigns, according to a new national survey by the Institute for Global Ethics .


A Welfare Gap For Those With Disabilities
Tuesday, July 16, 2002; Page A15
Nearly half of all single mothers receiving welfare benefits have a child with a disability or are disabled themselves, and only a small percentage are receiving traditional government disability assistance, according to a recent analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research .



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