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think tank

An organization or group of people working to perform research and propose solutions and courses of action to another organization or group, often political parties, government bodies, or the military. President Ronald Reagan based many of his policies on the results of a study done by the Heritage Foundation, an influential conservative think tank.
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think tank

A group or organization dedicated to problem-solving and research, especially in such areas as technology, social or political strategy, and the military. For example, The congressional leaders rely too heavily on that conservative think tank. This term originated about 1900 as a facetious colloquialism for brain and was given its new meaning about 1950.
See also: tank, think

think-tank

n. a place where great minds are assembled to try to think up solutions to problems or to envision the future. She spent a few months in a California think-tank, then came back to teach.
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Think tanker Ernie Walker is right when he says it's absurd to make a distinction between amateur and pro footballers.
As part of a team of academics and think tankers in Beijing, Berlin, Budapest, Delhi, Frankfurt, Oxford, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, we recently completed a three-year research project that takes stock of the last decade's debates about prevention and intervention, sovereignty and responsibility, selectivity and hypocrisy.
In the post-Cold War era, young politicians, academics and think tankers failed to appreciate their value.
He added that all political figure and think tankers of the country should set together and work for the elimination of the menace of terrorism from the country, adding that we don't want to give such like Pakistan to our children but we should give them a prosperous and peaceful country to our next generation.
Incredulity is also a good word to sum up the feelings at a roundtable in Washington DC that I attended a few days earlier, when US officials, military officers, and think tankers questioned another prominent Saudi personality.
Think tankers and policy researchers working on Egypt in the States do not know what to make of all of this, nor what to make of the Muslim Brotherhood's rhetoric when they come for their monthly Washington visit, which is identical to the NDP's rhetoric: Egypt is a democracy, human rights are being respected, there are problems but we have started a national dialogue, and only 4 or 5 non-influential parties haven't joined in, Egypt and the US have a strong and strategic partnership, the security of Israel is the security of Egypt, etc.
think tanks--and, in fact, rank-and-file think tankers are more likely to be from academic backgrounds.
Yet I just don't agree with many politicians, writers, lawyers, and think tankers on the right who equate their opposition to government affirmative action with adherence to the rigid principle that racial and ethnic groups exhibit no important differences and merit no differential consideration or treatment at any time by anyone.
I didn't get where I am today by asking Think Tankers to answer silly questions.
Talent is the kind of guy who keeps liberal think tankers awake deep into a restless night.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- I spent last week in China with a group of Turkish think tankers and academics.
Republican operatives and think tankers seized on Friedman's ideas in the 1970s, expanded them into areas like health care, and fleshed out their philosophic and political logic.
For two-and-a-half hours, we ponder the same questions think tankers, welfare bureaucrats, academics, and advocacy groups are asking about welfare reform: Why have the welfare rolls dropped so drastically?
In various Washington watering holes this summer, one of the favorite topics of dyspeptic discussion among conservative think tankers and political operatives was this book by Larry Diamond, which presented a scathing critique of the Bush administration's mismanagement of post-invasion Iraq.
Norquist frequently hosts parties in his Capitol Hill townhouse in which grassroots activists and think tankers mingle with members of Congress to drink beer, eat Chinese food, and smoke cigars.
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