What Is A Think Tank? The Power To Influence Policy

What Is A Think Tank? The Power To Influence Policy
By Kyle Springer and Gordon Flake on 23 January 2018

Indo-Pacific | International Relations

In Australia, the think tank community is still growing and many Australians have yet to truly understand what a think tank does. Kyle sat down with three former interns, Jake, Emily and Kelly, and Perth USAsia Centre CEO, Professor Gordon Flake, to explore the common misconceptions surrounding the think tank sector and its importance in the foreign policy/ international relations sphere.
 

Show notes

Former Interns - Jake, Emily and Kelly
  • What is your definition of a think tank? (2:30)
  • Do your friends know what a "think tank" is? (3:26)
  • When did you first hear the term "think tank"? (6:01)
  • Why do you think think tanks are important? (7:03)
Professor L. Gordon Flake, CEO of Perth USAsia Centre
  • Professor Flake's think-tank career background (8:17)
  • What is your definition of a think tank? (9:45)
  • Many Australians think a "think tank" is an "action" (10:35)
  • Debunking the myth: Think tank community doesn't "do" anything (11:44)
  • There are rare moments in this career where you can point to something and say "Yes, we did that!" (16:17)
  • The future of think tanks revolve around the question: how are they funded? (19:26)
  • Australia's think-tank community is growing, it's punching above its weight (24:05)
  • The idea of a career in a think-tank community is a relatively new concept (26:32)