Friday, June 10, 2016

Exploring Washington: Think Tank Row

This is the first in a blog series about life in the District of Columbia. Today, we will discuss what Washingtonians call Think Tank Row, a cluster of policy, research, and advocacy institutes located along Massachusetts Avenue. One of the benefits of studying at John Hopkins SAIS is that campus is situated dead center of Think Tank Row, which places students in close proximity to some of the world’s most influential research and advocacy organizations.

Brookings Institution
Located right across the street from the Nitze Building, the Brookings Institution is widely recognized for its research in economics, foreign policy, governance studies, and global development. The Brookings Institution has been named “Best Think Tank in the World” for nine consecutive years in the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Global Go To Think Tanks Report.

The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an international educational and policy studies organization headquartered just a few blocks from Nitze. Throughout the year, the Aspen Institute regularly runs seminars, conferences, policy programs, and leadership development initiatives that the public (and SAISers) are welcome to attend.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The oldest international affairs think tank in the United States, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focuses its research efforts on foreign policy. Some of its current projects include the Cyber Policy Initiative; the Oil-Climate Index; and the Task Force of U.S. Policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics
Right next to the Nitze Building is the Peterson Institute for International Economics. As you probably gleaned from its name, its research is dedicated to international economic issues, with its current focus being on regional trade agreements and multinational investment; the transition of China’s growth model and its impact on the world economy; macroeconomic policy options after the financial crisis.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies
The center conducts policy studies and strategic analyses of political, economic and security issues throughout the world, with a specific focus on issues concerning international relations, trade, technology, finance, energy and geostrategy.

The American Enterprise Institute
The American Enterprise Institute specializes in seven primary areas of study: Economics, Foreign and Defense Policy, Politics and Public Opinion, Education, Health, Energy and the Environment and Society and Culture.