Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy
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Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy

Edited by Donald E. Abelson and Christopher J. Rastrick

This important Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the role, function and perceived impact of policy research-oriented institutions in North America, Europe and beyond. Over 20 international scholars explore the diverse and eclectic world of think tanks to reveal their structure, governance and unique position in occupying a critical space on the public-policy landscape.
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Chapter 14: The role of think tanks in promoting foreign policy change in Israel

Nimrod Goren


The think tank scene in Israel is evolving. Whilst in the past most institutions were university-based and research-oriented, new think tanks put more emphasis on public policy impact. One field in which this change is evident is foreign policy. This is due to the weakening of Israel’s Foreign Service over the last few years and the controversial foreign policy directions led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This chapter analyzes these trends and highlights how a think tank can promote change in Israel’s foreign policy. The chapter is based on the work of the Mitvim Institute. It focuses on ways to improve foreign policy conduct and content by addressing the lack of grand strategy, seeking paths to empower the Foreign Service, strengthening public and political discourse on foreign policy, providing alternative framing to major events, focusing on issues that the establishment avoids and strengthening ties with regional countries via track-two diplomacy.

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