Monday, February 18, 2013

AEI To Get New Headquarters

Think tank row is going to get a bit more crowded soon.

Massachusetts Avenue between 17th St. and 18th St. in Washington, DC, home of the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), and other think tanks, will be getting a new, conservative neighbor.

American Enterprise Institute (AEI), currently located at 1150 17th St., NW, will be moving to 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, the current home of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Here is what the Washington Post reports:
AEI, which was founded in 1943 and advocates for right-leaning public policies, will move to the Dupont Circle building from 1150 17th St. NW, where it occupies the top three floors, but is in need of more space in which to grow.
“This is a vital step for AEI and our unyielding mission,” AEI President Arthur Brooks said in a statement. “Our growing community of world-class scholars and staff need a building equal to their talent. This property gives us an ideal facility to enhance our expanding programs. We’ll be excited to call it our new home.”
The statement was issued jointly by AEI and the National Trust. The organizations declined to share the sales price because the final details of the deal are still being finalized.
Before AEI moves into the Dupont building, National Trust needs to find a new home.
Here is a statement from AEI about its new home.

AEI was just rated as the 20th best think tank in the world by the University of Pennsylvania's annual think tank rankings.  It was also rated as the 7th best think tank in the US.

AEI's move to think tank row will mean that you can walk to the #1 (Brookings), #2 (CEIP), #7 (AEI), and #12 (PIIE) best think tanks in the US in about one minute.  A true think tank hoppers' delight.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) used to be housed within CEIP at 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, but it moved several years ago to 1777 F Street, NW.  Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) new think tank, The McCain Institute, is housed within the CFR building in DC.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is expected to move to its new headquarters, located at 1616 Rhode Island Ave., NW, later this year.  CSIS is currently located at 1800 K Street, NW.  While not on "think tank row," it is certainly a lot closer.