Think Tanks: An arch over troubled waters and turbulence

By Panoramical editorial board

The 2018  Global Think Tank Summit  is at a truly historic moment. The economic, political and security order of the post-war era is now shaken and redefined by national and regional shockwaves that affect domestic and international policies. At the same time, think tanks play a key role in analyzing, researching and promoting political solutions, especially in these times of extreme disruption and upheaval.

However, these think tanks today operate in societies where information abounds but where facts, evidence and credible research are often ignored, at the risk of misinformation gaining ground. To remain relevant and influential, think tanks and policy institutes must, more than ever before, be both rigorous and innovative, with a focus on accessibility and accountability. In this context, the Summit will not only look at how think tanks are making a difference today, including identifying solutions to the political challenges of our time, but also how they can prove increasingly useful in these tumultuous times. .

To this end and in the context of these urgent political challenges, the Summit will also focus on sharing best practices in fundraising, recruitment of key personnel, and the use of new and innovative technologies. Emphasis will also be placed on how best to respond to growing public scrutiny and dissatisfaction.

Program:
15:00 – 15:30 Registration & home – coffee

15:30 – 16:00 Welcoming Guests and Organizers   
Guntram Wolff , Director, Bruegel
James McGann , Director, Think Tank and Civil Societies Program, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania

16:00 – 16:30 Introductory speech by Commissioner Malmstrom
The European Commissioner for Trade welcomes delegates from all over the world to Brussels and opens the World Summit on Focus Groups.

16:30 – 18:00 Panel plenary 
Can globalization and international competition be managed fairly? 
Is globalization “equitable” from a geographical point of view and for all income levels? Is the current multilateral system adapted to the management of globalization for the benefit of all countries? Can think groups play a role in measuring the impact of globalization on societies and making policy recommendations relevant to national policymakers and multilateral institutions? This session, with focus group leaders and one or two experts in the field, will explore these issues, among other things.

Panel Chair: Aart de Geus  (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany)
Panel Members: Edward Kofi Anan Brown  (African Center for Economic Transformation, Ghana),  Zhao Hai (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China),  Jacob Funk Kirkegaard  (Peterson Institute For International Economics, United States),  Catherine McBride  (International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs, United Kingdom),  Jan Mischke  (McKinsey & Company, Switzerland)

Published by Panorámica Latinoamericana

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