Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Think Tank Quickies (#394)

  • Brookings launches Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic relations.
  • Sen. Cortez Masto (D-NV) has raised concerns about foreign influence operations that target think tanks.
  • North Carolina right-leaning think tanks (John Locke Foundation and Civitas Institute) are merging.
  • Hudson's Michael Pillsbury will be chair of DoD's Defense Policy Board.
  • Maya Harris, VP-elect Kamala Harris's younger sister, was a senior fellow at CAP.
  • Brookings President John Allen and Tsinghua University Center for International Security and Strategy Chair Fu Ying reflect on the output of 15-month closed-door Track 2 dialogue on AI and national security.
  • Leading candidate to replace Elez Biberaj at VOA is Robert Reilly, director of the Westminster Institute, a think tank in McLean, VA that focuses on "threats from extremism and radical ideologies."
  • Iran buys influence at Western think tanks?
  • "Grateful to have reached the point in the year when think tanks stop spamming me with requests for money they don't need and instead spam with with generic holiday greetings."
  • "You can have a PhD and still be an idiot! Education and intelligence are two different things."