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In a thought-provoking conversation at the United Nations University in Tokyo with Rohinton Medhora, the President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), I asked the question,  “What Are Think Tanks Good For?” His answer was to the point, “influence peddling, in the best sense of the term.” He went on to stress that while one could question the tactics and motivations behind how and who Think Tanks influence, the bottom line was that they are in the business of pushing for change through ideas and networks. The litmus test of a good Think Tank, according to Medhora, was not whether it was...

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