The Brookings Institution may know an egghead or two (or 300). The non-partisan public policy organization is comprised of more than 300 resident and non-resident scholars who research and analyze emerging issues in areas such as economics, foreign policy, and governance. Its experts perform research; write books, papers, and articles; testify in front of congressional committees; and participate in public events every year. The non-profit organization, which is financed by gifts and grants, is named after one of its backers -- businessman Robert S. Brookings, a well-known civic leader and philanthropist. Founded in 1916, it is the first private organization devoted to analyzing national public policy issues.
Today The Brookings Institution's activities are focused on four priority initiatives: energy and climate, growth through innovation, global change, and opportunity and well-being. In addition, its research is designed to support recommendations that strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security, and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous, and cooperative international system.
The think tank also publishes books such as The Arab Awakening through its Brookings Institution Press imprint, while its Brookings Executive Education offers courses for corporate and government leaders through a partnership with Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to its Washington, D.C. office, Brookings also has an international presence in Qatar and Beijing. – less