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As a component of The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s tenth anniversary celebrations, a full day conference was held on Sept. 20 evaluating the role that think-tanks can fulfill. The conference, under the title of ‘Can Think Tanks Make a Difference,’ was aired globally as a webcast.

The morning began with an opening statement from CIGI chair and RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie. Throughout the day, three roundtable discussions evaluated the interactions of social media with policy, the emphasis placed on policy by governments and who holds the greatest influence in policy making.

The first roundtable, ‘Policy Innovation in the Age of...

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