The role of think-tanks amidst political uncertainty

Think-tank leaders discuss how persistent and new forms of political uncertainty impact on their work and what can they do to counter it.  A drinks reception will immediately follow this event.

Members event, Panel
9 May 2023 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House and Online

Think-tanks play a crucial role in supporting better public policy to address the most pressing global and local challenges. However, the recent rise in political turbulence poses a significant challenge to this work. Not only must the work of think-tanks help counter political uncertainty but that uncertainty often threatens their ability to work effectively, and in some cases, their survival.

Polarized elections, regional instability, the rise of populism, shrinking civic space, eroding democracies, weakened institutions and public distrust are just some of the tricky contexts and issues raised by think-tank leaders in the latest think-tank state of the sector report. 

This event is being held in collaboration with On Think-Tanks ahead of the On Think-Tanks Conference.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion at Chatham House on the major sources and consequences of political uncertainty in the world today and the critical role of think-tanks in responding to and countering it. 

Key questions to be addressed during this discussion include:

  • How does political uncertainty look like today?
  • What can think-tanks do to operate within uncertain contexts? 
  • What are their roles: should they build the middle ground, support political parties, rally behind social demands?  
  • Will think-tanks be able to maintain their reliability and credibility in an increasingly polarized political environment?
  • What can think-tanks do to contribute to greater political stability?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

A drinks reception will immediately follow this event.

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