Think Tank Row (Washington, D.C.)

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Think Tank Row designates the cluster of think tanks that are located on or around Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., between Thomas Circle and Dupont Circle. The expression is a reference to Millionaire Row and Embassy Row, past and present designations for the same area (both actually extending further northwest on Massachusetts Avenue).

Policy pundit James McGann has been credited for coining the expression "Think Tank Row,"[1] which has been used in various media articles referring to think tanks.[2][3][4]

Think tanks on Think Tank Row include:

Also on Think Tank Row are several academic institutions that occasionally interact with think tanks:

Other nearby think tanks include the Aspen Institute, the Atlantic Council, the Middle East Institute, the Milken Institute, the German Marshall Fund, the Center for International Policy, Resources for the Future, the Institute for Policy Studies and the New America Foundation. The Cato Institute and The Heritage Foundation are also located on Massachusetts Avenue, but at some distance from Think Tank Row.


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  1. ^ José Luis Chicoma (September 16, 2015). "A Tale of Two Think Tank Summits". On Think Tanks.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Bumiller (January 30, 2008). "Research Groups Boom in Washington". New York Times.
  3. ^ Howard Schneider (March 12, 2013). "On think tank row, a China critic from China". Washington Post.
  4. ^ "Google Masters Think Tank Row". Think Tank Watch. April 14, 2014.