Terrorexpertise:Terrorism Industry and the US Government List

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Below is a list of the 51 think-tanks and private research institutes estimated to be most influential with the US Government.


The list was compiled by first of all compiling a list of all the institutions directly affiliated with the 100 experts from the Major World Newspapers List. ‘Direct affiliation’ was construed as meaning employment or appointment in an institution; excluding looser affiliations such as personal or social connections, partnership on particular projects, or contractual work. Affiliations to universities, government institutions or the media were not included. This yielded a list of 110 unique institutions.

Each of these institutions were then ‘Googled’ using Google’s U.S. Government Search at http://www.google.com/ig/usgov on 13 June 2008. The number of results, as well as the specific search terms used, are set out in the table below.

Terrorism Institutes ranked according to influence with US Government

  Institution Search term used Approx. no. pages returned
1 Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism "Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism" 66,000
2 Human Rights Watch "Human Rights Watch" 42,500
3 United States Institute of Peace "U.S. Institute of Peace" OR "United States Institute of Peace" 41,700
4 Center for Strategic and International Studies "Center for Strategic and International Studies" 29,100
5 RAND Corporation "RAND Corporation" 23,000
6 Brookings Institution "Brookings Institution" 21,100
7 Amnesty International "Amnesty International" 13,000
8 Defence Academy Defence Academy UK OR "United Kingdom" 13,000
9 Council on Foreign Relations "Council on Foreign Relations" 10,700
10 Institute for National Strategic Studies "Institute for National Strategic Studies" 10,300
11 Chatham House "Chatham House" OR "Royal Institute of International Affairs" 9,470
12 American Enterprise Institute "American Enterprise Institute" 9,340
13 Cato Institute "Cato Institute" 5,230
14 Hoover Institution "Hoover Institution"4,470
15 Washington Institute for Near East Policy "Washington Institute for Near East Policy" 3,200
16 International Crisis Group "International Crisis Group" 2,400
17 Independent Institute "Independent Institute" 2,310
18 Risk Management Solutions "Risk Management Solutions" 1,680
19 AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies "AEI-Brookings Joint Center" 1,420
20 Jamestown Foundation "Jamestown Foundation" 1,120
21 Boston Consulting Group "Boston Consulting Group" 1,090
22 New America Foundation "New America Foundation" 1,040
23 International Institute for Strategic Studies "International Institute for Strategic Studies" 958
24 Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies "Royal United Services Institute "799
25 Center for Biosecurity "Center for Biosecurity" 772
26 Foreign Policy Research Institute "Foreign Policy Research Institute" 688
27 Kroll Associates "Kroll Associates" 592
28 Good Harbor Consulting "Good Harbor Consulting" 550
29 Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy "Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy" 465
30 Combating Terrorism Center "Combating Terrorism Center" 393
31 SITE Institute "SITE Institute" 389
32 Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs "Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs"379
33 Jane's Information Group "Jane Information Group" 339
34 Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies "Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies" 260
35 National Center for Disaster Preparedness "National Center for Disaster Preparedness" 192
36 Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs "Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs" 191
37 Foundation for the Defense of Democracies "Foundation for the Defense of Democracies" 165
38 Committee on the Present Danger "Committee on the Present Danger" 158
39 Oxford Research Group "Oxford Research Group" 156
40 British American Security Information Council "British American Security Information Council" 143
41 Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies "Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies" 104
42 Middle East Forum "Middle East Forum" 101
43 BERG Associates "BERG Associates" 93
44 Gulf Research Center "Gulf Research Center" 69
45 Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies "Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies" 62
46 Kissinger Associates "Kissinger Associates" 56
47 Ditchley Foundation "Ditchley Foundation" 53
48 Sageman Consulting "Sageman Consulting" 53
49 Centre for Strategic and International Studies "Centre for Strategic and International Studies" 52
50 Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs "Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs" 44
51 National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" 44