Think Tanks



American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
AEI research covers economics and trade; social welfare; government tax, spending, regulatory, and legal policies; U.S. politics; international affairs; and U.S. defense and foreign policies.

American Foreign Policy Council
Issues covered include: Aid to the Former USSR; Missile Threats & Defenses; Espionage, the KGB & the Russian Security Services; Reform in Russia; U.S.-China Relations, and Chemical Weapons.


Amnesty International is a non-governmental human rights organization. 


Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.


Brookings Institution
The institution helps scholars study contemporary economic, governmental, and international problems by financing research projects and publishing their findings.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Specializes in research on foreign relations and diplomacy, security and defense


Cato Institute
Maintains an extensive publications program on topics such as the federal budget, Social Security, monetary policy, natural resource policy, military spending, NATO, and international trade. Conferences papers are published thrice yearly in the Cato Journal. The Institute also publishes the quarterly magazine Regulation and a bimonthly newsletter, Cato Policy Report. see also Foreign Policy Briefing


The Center for Defense Information
A private, nongovernmental, and "independent monitor" of the military.

Center for Economic and Policy Research
CEPR was founded in 1999 to "promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues."


Center for International Development (Harvard University)
Policy papers, special reports, and data in the area of global political economy.

Center for International Policy
"Promoting a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for basic human rights."(from the site) Topics include Cuba, Arms Trade, and Demilitarization.


Center for Nonproliferation Studies
"The world's largest non-governmental organization devoted to combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction."(from the site) Resources by subject and by region


Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Topics ranging from Defense and Preventive Diplomacy to Infectious Disease.


Center for the Study of Technology and Society
A major focus of the Center is National Security.

Commonwealth Institute
A local (Cambridge) public policy research organization with current projecs in defense and military affairs.

Council on Foreign Relations
Publishes Foreign Affairs, a leading journal on global issues.

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
A public interest research center in Washington, D.C. established to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues in the electronic age, and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.


Federation of American Scientists (FAS).
The FAS is a widely respected organization of scientists concerned with arms control issues.


Foreign Policy in Focus
"A "think tank without walls" that functions as an international network of more than 650 policy analysts and advocates. Unlike traditional think tanks, FPIF is committed to advancing a citizen-based foreign policy agenda-one that is fundamentally rooted in citizen initiatives and movements." From site.


Foundation for National Progress (publishes Mother Jones)
"Celebrating 25 years of raising hell" (from the site). A well-known political watchdog group.

Documents, maps, and current news on environmental topics such as toxic wastes and genetic engineering.


Henry L. Stimson Center
An independent, nonprofit, public policy institute committed to finding and promoting innovative solutions to the security challenges confronting the United States and other nations in the twenty-first century.


Heritage Foundation
Openly conservative in its views, the objective of Heritage is to present to policy-makers and opinion leaders, and especially members of Congress and their staff, factual and timely information on major issues of the day. 'Key issues' include matters of both domestic and foreign policy.


Hoover Institution (Stanford University)
Publishes research on political issues, foreign relations and diplomacy, economic.

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.


Institute for Global Communications (IGC)
Manages a number of 'Nets', including PeaceNet. Choose 'search documents' to find full-text material.


International Institute for Strategic Studies
The IISS publishes Strategic Surveys focusing on trouble spots around the world. It also issues a World Directory of Strategic Studies Centres.


International Relations and Security Network (ISN)
ISN hosts (with SIPRI) Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST), a free-of-charge database on weapons, political systems, armed forces and peace-keeping activities.


National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. From site.


RadioFree Europe/Radio Liberty
Supported by the U.S. Congress. The mission of RFE/RL is "to promote democratic valuesand institutions by disseminating factual information and ideas." 'Broadcast Services' are listed by country; reports, overviews and maps are included.

The publications of the Rand Corporation frequently focus on national security issues of all sorts. This Web site provides a searchable index of documents produced by Rand. Includes, citations, abstracts and Rand accession numbers. Boston University currently owns aproximately 1500 of these publications.


Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
SIPRI was established as an international independent research institute "to conduct scientific research on questions of conflict and co-operation of importance for international peace and security, with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solutions of international conflicts and for a stable peace."

World Policy Institute
Examines critical world problems in the United States and abroad. Organzed by 'research project', such as 'Arms Trade'. The 'North America Project' explores issues of democracy, human rights, and environmental quality in the context of North American economic integration.

World Resources Institute
Specializes in global environmental and development issues. Arranged by region and by topic.


Worldwatch Institute
Conducts "inter-disciplinary non-partisan research onemerging global environmental issues."(from the site)


With much appreciation to Susan Wishinsky at Boston University Libraries