usa

… the brainwashed GeoStretegists think, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, they own the planet.

… es sind die gebrainwaschten GeoStrategen, die meinen nach dem Kollaps der Soviet Union gehöre ihnen die Welt.

Keiner investiert in Militär nur zum Spaß. S.h. erster Weltkrieg.

Nobody invests into military just for fun – just think about the first world war.

There was not even a proper reason to start it – but everyone had invested so much into military – and a military that does nothing – causes a lot of costs.

So it’s easier to destroy it – with the possibility to gain some ground or resources or whatever – instead of keeping it (in times of peace).

“Europäische Verbündete der USA fordern seit längerem eine stärkere Truppenpräsenz der Vereinigten Staaten.”

“The european allies of USA demand since a long time more US troops in their countries.” (ARD, one of two official half-private-News TV Channel in Germany)

Source / Quelle: http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/usa-panzerbrigade-101.html

Aha. wer denn? Ich hoffe nur dass in Syrien bald Ruhe ist… aber ich befürchte auch, dass die GeoStrategen auch dort nicht locker lassen werden… wären Sie ja arbeitslos.

Aha. Who exactly demands that?

I just hope there will be peace in Syria after the russian intervention… but i suspect the US-geostrategists will not give up so easily (Afghanistan, Egypt, Lybia, Irak, Syria in progress, Iran next, that was the plan)… they would lose their jobs if they did.

Am schlimmsten: Die glauben echt in diesen PNAC (Project for the New American Century) http://www.oldamericancentury.org/pnac.htm dass Krieg der “Normalzustand” und Frieden die Ausnahme ist. Klar. Wenn ich das Militär mit Waffen beliefere würde ich das auch sagen.

The worst: (is probably only doable with a lot of drugs) the PNAC people say, they believe, that war is the normal state of mankind and peace is the exception.

Well if i make my money by selling weapons, that’s exactly what i would say.

But maybe deep in my heart… i know it’s wrong and will backfire once more.

Wiki’s List of Think Tanks

I tried to correct that fact that wikipedia is censored and influenced.

Albania

Argentina

Australia

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

Ethiopia

Finland

France

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Ireland

Iran

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Lebanon

Liberia

Mexico

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Norway

Pakistan

Philippines

Poland

Russia

Rwanda

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia

Sri Lanka

South Africa

South Sudan

Spain

South Korea

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Tanzania

Turkey

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Political links: Known as David Cameron’s favourite think thank. Also labelled as a “neo-con attack dog”.

Established: 2002.

Status: Charity.

Director: Anthony Browne, former Times journalist.

Aims: to look for local and free market solutions to public policy.

Most recent annual turnover: £1.7 million.

Funding sources: foundations, individuals, businesses, trusts.

Reform

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reform_%28think_tank%29

Established: 2001.

Political links. Good relations with Tories. Nick Herbert, Shadow Justice Secretary helped set it up.

Status: Charity.

Director: Andrew Haldenby, former head of political section, Conservative Research Department.

Aims: to advance free market ideas and show that reform, as opposed to more spending, is the way to improve public services.

Most recent annual turnover: £550,000.

Funding sources: businesses, individuals and philanthropists.

Centre for Policy Studies

Established: 1974.

Political Links: Established by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph to champion economic liberalism in Britain.

Status. Private company.

Director: Jill Kirby.

Aims: the promote the case for small, less intrusive government with greater freedom and responsibility for individuals, familes businesses and voluntary organizations.

Most recent annual turnover: approx £500,000.

Funding sources: Individual and business donations and membership fees.

Open Europe Open_Europe_logo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Europe

Established: 2005

Political links. Eurosceptic, attracts support of MPs from all three main parties. Runs the “I Want A Referendum” campaign on EU constitution.

Status: Non-charitable, independent campaign group.

Director: Neil O’Brien.

Aims: Argue for a looser, more flexible European Union and against ever closer Union.

Most recent annual turnover: not disclosed.

Funding sources: individual donations and gifts from individuals in business.

Tax Payers’ Alliance

Established: 2004.

Political links: Non-politically alligned, but closer to the political philosophies of Tory Right (roman catholic, right-wing, neo-conservative)

Status: Not for profit, non-partisan campaigning organization.

Director: (Chief Executive) Matthew Elliott .

Aims: to push for better government and lower taxes.

Most recent annual turnover: £300,000.

Funding sources: 16,000 grass roots supporters, many of them businessmen, and philanthropists.

Civitas

@Twitter

http://whofundsyou.org/org/civitas

Established: 2000.

Political links. Independent, non-partisan.

Status: Charity.

Director: David Green.

Aims: to promote the institutions of civil society as alternatives to either political or market activity.

Most recent annual turnover: £704,000.

Funding sources: individual donations, grant making trusts and corporate donations.

Left of Centre – Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

Established: 1988.

Political links: Indepedenent, but known as training ground for many of Labour’s special advisers. Credited with developing Labour’s policies on New Deal and Child Trust Funds.

Status: Charity.

Co-Directors: Lisa Harker and Carey Oppenheim.

Aims: To develop fresh ideas on how to deliver a just, democratic, sustainable world.

Most recent annual turnover: Approx £4 million.

Funding sources: businesses, charitable trusts, unions and trade bodies.

Demos

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/13/party-young-people-debt-jogging-drinking-fitness

“taking responsibility” – that’s what it is all about.

In democracy – you delegetate responsibility – that that has proven to fail.

(the responsibility just dissapears)

Established: 1993.

Political links: Once the theoritical journal of the Communist Party of Great Britain, seen as close to Tony Blair before 1997 general election. Works with number of government departments, public sector agencies and charities.

Status: Charity.

Aims: Multi-purpose think tank aimed at increasing effectiveness of all policy making.

Director: Catherine Fieschi.

Most recent annual turnover: £2million. (with communism, you won’t make that much money)

Funding sources: Businesses, government agencies and international bodies.

Compass

Established: 2003.

Political links: Pressure group which serves as a melting pot for the “progressive” Left of the Labour Party. Organises high profile summer conference, attended by Labour Cabinet ministers.

Status: Not-for-profit campaign group.

Director: (chair) Neal Lawson.

Aims: to campaign for a more equal, democratic society.

Most recent annual turnover: £200,000.

Funding sources: from membership, trades unions and trusts.

Smith Institute

Established: 1997

Political links: Close to Gordon Brown, held over 160 meetings at 11 Downing Street since 1997, employed adviser Ed Balls as paid research fellow before he became an MP in 2005

Status: Education and research charity

Director: Wilf Stevenson. Gordon Brown was his best man at his wedding.

Aims: “to identify where the most relevant and recent research is being undertaken on a particular topic and then present it in a seminar series attended by ministers, backbenchers, special advisers, civil servants, business and industrial leaders and specialists”

Most recent annual turnover: £483,000.

Funding sources: £12,000 from members; £470,000 from donations, including companies and organisations.

Fabian Society

Established: 1884.

Political Links: Historic socialist movement, which predates the founding of the Labour Party. The Fabian Society Tax Commission in 2000 was credited with influencing Labour to increase taxes to pay for public services.

Status: Non-charitable membership organisation.

Director: Sunder Katwala.

Aims: to shape future ideas and policies.

Most recent annual turnover: approximately £800,000.

Funding. 7,000 individual membership subscriptions, research grants from charitable trusts and sponsorship.

Social Market Foundation

Established: 1989

Political Links: Set up by supporters of David Owen after the collapse of the Social Democratic Party in the late 1980s. Later cited as John Major’s favourite think tank, but now seen as closer to Labour.

Status: Charity

Director: Ann Rossiter.

Aims: to explore the balance between the role of the state and the role of markets to the benefits of individuals and society as a whole.

Most recent annual turnover: £711,000.

Funding sources. Sponsorship of events and publications by businesses, charities and other not-for-profit organisations.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/1576447/The-top-twelve-think-tanks-in-Britain.html

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The Brookings Institution (BI) Washington DC [CENTRIST]

BI is a non-partisan, non-profit organization devoted to independent research, education, and publication in economics, politics, government, and foreign policy.


Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) New York, NY [CENTRIST]

CFR is a nonpartisan membership organization, research center, and publisher. It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy.

Foreign Affairs

journal of international relations, published in New York City five times a year, one of the most prestigious periodicals of its kind in the world. It is the organ of the Council on Foreign Relations, by which it was founded in 1922, and is, informally, the voice of the U.S. foreign-policy establishment. It has a world reputation for its careful and probing analyses of political, economic, and social developments in the world scene. The contributors of these authoritative and scholarly articles are among the nation’s most distinguished journalists, scholars, and statesmen. Ideas put forward tentatively in this journal often, if well received by the Foreign Affairs community, appear later as U.S. government policy or legislation; prospective policies that fail this test usually disappear.

Source: 1995 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.


The Heritage Foundation Washington DC [CONSERVATIVE]

The foundation’s mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.


American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) Washington DC [NEO-CONSERVATIVE]

AEI, one of America’s largest think tanks, is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of freedom.


Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Washington DC [CONSERVATIVE]

CSIS is a public policy research institution dedicated to policy analysis and to having an impact.


Cato Institute Washington DC [CONSERVATIVE/LIBERTARIAN]

It is a non-profit public policy research foundation. The Institute is named for Cato’s Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.

The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government.


RAND Corporation (RAND) Santa Monica, CA [CENTER-RIGHT]

RAND is a non-profit institution that helps improve public policy through research and analysis.


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) Washington DC [CENTRIST]

CEIP is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.


Economic Policy Institute Washington DC [PROGRESSIVE]

The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.


Family Research Council … [CONSERVATIVE]


Urban Institute Washington DC [CENTER-LEFT]

The staff investigates the social and economic problems confronting the nation and government policies and public and private programs designed to alleviate them.


National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Cambridge, MA [CENTRIST]

NBER is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.


Hudson Institute Indianapolis, IN/Washington DC/MADISON, WI [CONSERVATIVE]

Hudson Institute is a private, not-for-profit research organization founded in 1961. Hudson analyzes and makes recommendations about public policy for business and government executives and for the public at large. More than thirty years of work on the most important issues of the day has allowed Hudson to forge a viewpoint that embodies skepticism about the conventional wisdom, optimism about solving problems, a commitment to free institutions and individual responsibility, an appreciation of the crucial role of technology in achieving progress, and an abiding respect for the importance of values, culture, and religion in human affairs.


Center for Public Integrity Washington DC [PROGRESSIVE]

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization, was founded by Charles Lewis following a successful 11-year career in network television news.

The quality of the Center’s work, in just over a decade, has firmly established the organization as an institutional presence in Washington, D.C. With our hard-earned reputation for “public service journalism,” the Center is distinct from most other non-governmental organizations, because of our high-quality, well-documented, investigative research.


Manhattan Institute New York, NY [CONSERVATIVE]

“The Manhattan Institute is a think tank whose mission ist to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.”

That’s waht New York City’s mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani wrote on the occasion of MI’s 25th anniversary: “For twenty-five years, the Manhattan Institute has confronted old problems with fresh thinking. Many of the Institute’s emblematic ideas—from the notion that low taxes encourage businesses to the concept that police should be treated with respect—were originally greeted with skepticism but have since been embraced by well-run cities everywhere. Congratulations on a quarter century of making a difference.”

> City Journal, quarterly treating the issues of “urban governance and civic life.”


Hoover Institution (on War, Revolution and Peace), Stanford University Stanford, CA [CONSERVATIVE]

The defining principles of individual, economic and political freedom, private enterprise, and representative government were fundamental to Hoover’s vision.


Washington Institute for Near East Policy Washington DC [CENTER-RIGHT]

“Founded in 1985, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a public educational foundation dedicated to scholarly research and informed debate on U.S. interests in the Middle East. Through a comprehensive program of research, seminars, conferences, publications, and study tours to the Middle East, The Washington Institute provides policymakers, diplomats, and journalists with fresh thinking and new ideas to promote peace, security, and stability in one of the world’s most volatile regions.”

The Institute also has a Military Fellows Program with some Middle Eastern countries, and further “has the rare distinction—along with Harvard, RAND, and MIT—of being a participant in the U.S. Air Force’s National Defense Fellows Program.”


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Washington DC [PROGRESSIVE]

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that provides timely analysis on government policies and programs that affect people of low-and moderate-incomes. Areas of the Center’s work include budget and tax policy, nutrition and food programs, labor market policies, welfare, Medicaid, housing, and income distribution.


Public Policy Institute of California San Francisco, CA [CENTRIST]

The Public Policy Institute of California is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to independent, nonpartisan research on economic, social, and political issues that affect the lives of Californians. The Institute was established in 1994 with an endowment from William R. Hewlett.


Milken Institute Santa Monica, CA [CENTRIST]

The Milken Institute’s mission is to explore and explain the dynamics of world economic structure, conduct, and performance by conducting research in economics, business, and finance. The objective is a better-informed public, more thoughtful public policies, improved economic outcomes, and better lives for people.


Institute for International Economics (IIE) Washington DC [CENTRIST]

IIE is a private, non-profit, non-partisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy.


Freedom Forum Arlington, Va. [CENTRIST]

The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on three main priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment freedoms and newsroom diversity.


Center for Defense Information (CDI) Washington DC [PROGRESSIVE]

CDI has established a national reputation for expertise on all matters relating to US military and foreign policy, spending and weapons.


Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) Washington DC [PROGRESSIVE]

IPS has core programs on Peace and Security, the Global Economy, and Paths for the 21st Century, supplemented by several projects that address specific issues.


Progressive Policy Institute Washington DC [CENTRIST]

The Progressive Policy Institute is a center for policy innovation that develops alternatives to the exhausted debate between the Left and the Right. PPI advocates growth-oriented economic policies designed to stimulate broad upward mobility and foster a more inclusive, more democratic capitalism; social policies that move beyond maintaining the poor to liberating them from poverty and dependence; and a foreign policy of resolve in defending America’s interests and promoting democracy abroad.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

 


OTHER THINK TANKS RELATIVE TO OUR ISSUES

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)


American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) Washington DC

Founded in 1982, AFPC is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the US and to assisting world leaders, particularly in the former USSR, with building democracies and market economies.


The Aspen Institute Washington DC

Founded in 1950, Aspen, a non-profit organization, is a global forum for leveraging the power of leaders to improve the human condition.


Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Washington DC

CIPE, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, works to build democracy and market economies throughout the world.


Center for International Studies (CIS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

CIS focuses on the critical role of international education in science and technology in the transformation and future conduct of foreign affairs and commercial diplomacy.


Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Washington DC

CSIS is a public policy research institution dedicated to policy analysis and to having an impact.


Center of International Studies (CIS), Princeton University Princeton, NJ

CIS seeks to promote world peace and mutual understanding among nations by supporting scholarships in international relations and national development.


The Century Foundation New York, NY

The foundation, nonprofit and nonpartisan founded in 1919, sponsors and supervises timely analyses of economic policy, foreign affairs, and domestic political issues.


The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations (CCFR) Chicago, IL

CCFR’s goal is to further awareness and broaden understanding of international relations and foreign policy as well as promote Chicago’s status as an important international center.


Commonwealth Institute Cambridge, MA

The institute is a non-profit, non-governmental public policy research organization which aims to develop progressive policy options and strategies in areas from economics to international security.


The EastWest Institute (EWI) New York, NY

EWI’s mission is to defuse tensions and conflicts that threaten geopolitical stability while building democracy, free enterprise and prosperity in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and other states of Eurasia.


Economic Strategy Institute (ESI) Washington DC

ESI is an activist think tank whose objective is to change American attitudes and policies in regard to competitiveness.


International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development (ICEED) Boulder, CO

ICEED seeks to extend balanced information on energy and energy-related topics.


New America Foundation Washington DC

The purpose of the foundation is to bring exceptionally promising new voices and new ideas to the fore of our nation’s public discourse.


The Nixon Center Washington DC

Nixon Center is a public policy institution committed to analyzing challenges to American foreign policy from the realist perspective.


Project for the New American Century no address given [NEO-CONSERVATIVE]

Established in the spring of 1997, the Project for the New American Century is a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership. The Project is an initiative of the New Citizenship Project (501c3); the New Citizenship Project’s chairman is William Kristol and its president is Gary Schmitt.

Robert Kagan, also among the Project Directors, is co-founder with William Kristol of the Project for the New American Century. Among the signatories of the Project’s Statement of Principles are such well-known personalities as Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Steve Forbes, Francis Fukuyama, Zalmay Khalilzad, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and others. Furthermore, among the Project Directors you can find: Randy Scheunemann (founder of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq [CLI] to promote freedom for the Iraqi people, the two heads of GersonLehrman Group (a globally operating investment consultant firm), and other high ranking people, involved in the Reagon and current administraion, the AEI, the CFR, and also the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.


Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) Washington DC

WWICS supports research in the social sciences and humanities, with an emphasis on history, political science, and international relations.

Source: http://www.uni-muenster.de/PeaCon/global-texte/g-a/g-ss/WS0304%20American%20Empire%F8/Iran/Think%20Tank%20List.htm

Zambia

“According to some journalists and scholars, think tanks, including the now-defunct Project for the New American Century (PNAC) played a critically important role in helping President Bush execute the War on Terror.”

Source: www.exploringgeopolitics.org/interview_abelson_donald_think_tanks_definition_influence_us_foreign_policy_public_opinion_ideas_media_non_ideological_partisan_defense_research_heritage_brookings/