Why Everyone Hates Think Tanks

Source: Foreign Policy
by Matthew Rojansky & Jeremy Shapiro

“‘So what do you do?’ That conversation starter, annoyingly ubiquitous in the Washington Beltway, is a conversation killer at family dinners back home. The problem is that we are professional policy experts and, worse than that, experts who work in think tanks. This means that we wear fancy suits and speak to the national media on complex, serious topics like European security and nuclear weapons. Like other experts, we have rows of academic credentials on our walls and networks of high-level contacts in Washington and beyond. But no one at our family dinners really believes any of this gives us special insight. … The worst part is that we see their point. After all, if think tank experts have such great insight into policy, why are the outcomes so terrible so much of the time?” (05/28/21)