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The following conversation between Rohinton Medhora, President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and John de Boer, senior policy adviser at the United Nations University, is excerpted from a longer interview featured in the December issue of the International Journal. The interview was conducted before the Oct. 19 federal election; therefore references to the Canadian government refer to that under Stephen Harper.

de Boer: The ostensible goal of think tanks is to contribute with ideas and analysis to debates concerning public policy. Think tanks have been in existence for over 100 years now. What would you consider to be the most...

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