Why Facts and Think Tanks Matter


GLOBSEC and Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program University of Pennsylvania

will host a discussion on

Why Facts and Think Tanks Matter

31 January 2019 (Thursday)
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Polus Tower II (10th floor)
Vajnorská 100/B, 831 04 Bratislava, Slovakia 


  • Imrich Marton, Director, Department of Analysis and Policy Planning, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Tomáš Strážay, Senior Research Fellow, Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA), Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Hannes Swoboda, President, International Institute for Peace (IIP), Vienna, Austria
  • Jakub Wiśniewski, Vice-President and Director of Research, GLOBSEC, Bratislava, Slovakia

Moderated by: Alena Kudzko, Deputy Research Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia

 Why do we want to talk about facts and think tanks?

Technological advances have created news outlets for policymakers and the public to have access to an abundance of information and 24/7 access to it, which is creating insecurity in research that is produced. The Think Tank Launch Events is intended to provide concrete examples of the research and educational programs created by these institutions and how it serves policymakers and the public with the necessary evidence during this technology driven era of constant information.

The goal of this event is to highlight the critical work think tanks perform in countries around the world. We will talk about what think tanks are, what they do, what value they add and why think tanks are more important than ever before. In the competitive marketplace of ideas and policy advice it is essential that we make the case and provide tangible examples of the important role think tanks in countries around the world. The objective of the Why Think Tanks Matter Events is to have think tanks around the world provide compelling examples the critical work think tanks perform in a range of political and economic contexts.

This unique seminar will be one of coordinated events organized by the University of Pennsylvania around the world that are intended to highlight the important role think tanks play in governments and civil societies around the world. The events will take place over 2 days in Paris, Beijing, London, Washington DC, New York and approximately 150 other cities around the world. So far 90 think tanks have already agreed to host events in their countries and cities.