Donald E. Abelson

Director, Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, Steven K. Hudson Chair in Canada-US Relations, and Professor, Department of Political Science
4045
Mulroney Hall
(902) 867-3246

Specialization

Canada-U.S. Relations, American Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Think Tanks, Public Policy

Recent Publications

Books

Abelson, Donald E. and Christopher Rastrick (eds), Handbook on Policy Think Tanks. London: Edward Elgar, 2021.

Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes. Third Edition. Translated into Arabic by the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2021.

Abelson, Donald E. Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes. Third Edition. Revised and Expanded. Simplified Chinese Translation. Shanghai: Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2020.

Abelson, Donald E. Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Influence of Public Policy Institutes. Third Edition. Revised and Expanded. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018.

Abelson, Donald E., Stephen Brooks and Xin Hua (eds), Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geopolitics: Pathways to Influence. Simplified Chinese Translation. Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2018.

Abelson, Donald E. Northern Lights: Exploring Canada’s Think Tank Landscape. Simplified Chinese Translation. Shanghai: Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2017.

Esses, Victoria M. and Donald E. Abelson (eds), Twentieth-First Century Immigration to North America: Newcomers in Turbulent Times. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.

  • Recognized as one of The Hill Times’ Best Books of 2017.

Abelson, Donald E., Stephen Brooks and Xin Hua (eds), Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geopolitics: Pathways to Influence. London: Routledge, 2017. Paperback edition released in September 2018.

Abelson, Donald E. A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks and U.S. Foreign Policy. Simplified Chinese Translation. Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2016.

Abelson, Donald E. Northern Lights: Exploring Canada’s Think Tank Landscape. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

  • Recognized as one of The Hill Times’ Best Books of 2016.

Abelson, Donald E.  Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes.  Second Edition.  Simplified Chinese Translation.  Shanghai: Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2010.

Abelson, Donald E.  Do Think Tanks Matter?  Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes.  Second Edition (Revised and Expanded).  Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.

Abelson, Donald E.  Do Think Tanks Matter?  Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes.  Arabic Translation.  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 2007.  

Abelson, Donald E.  A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks and U.S. Foreign Policy.  Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006.

Abelson, Donald E. Do Think Tanks Matter?  Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002.

James, Patrick, Abelson, Donald E. and Michael Lusztig (eds). The Myth of the Sacred: The Charter, the Courts and the Politics of the Constitution in Canada. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002.

Abelson, Donald E.  American Think-Tanks and their Role in U.S. Foreign Policy. London and New York: Macmillan and St. Martin's Press, 1996.

Chapters in Books/Encyclopedic Entries 

Abelson, Donald E. and Christopher Rastrick. “Introduction,” in Donald E. Abelson and Christopher Rastrick, (eds.), Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2021: xviii-xxv.

Abelson, Donald E. “If it doesn’t matter, why measure it? Reflections on think tank rankings and policy influence,” in Donald E. Abelson and Christopher Rastrick (ed.), Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2021: 134-149.

Abelson, Donald E. “The rise or demise of American think tanks?,” in Donald E. Abelson and Christopher Rastrick (eds.) Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2021: 221-238.

Abelson, Donald E. “An Uphill Battle: Donald Trump, Think Tanks and the War of Ideas,” in Julien Landry, ed., Critical Perspectives on Think Tanks: Power, Politics, and Knowledge. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, forthcoming, 2021.

Abelson, Donald E. “Canada.” The Annual Register: World Events 2020, edited by D.S. Lewis and Wendy Slater. Cambridge, UK: Proquest, forthcoming 2021.

Abelson, Donald E. "Canada." The Annual Register: World Events 2019, edited by D.S. Lewis and Wendy Slater. Proquest: Cambridge, UK: Proquest, 2020: 129-30.

Abelson, Donald E. "Canada." The Annual Register: World Events 2018, edited by D.S. Lewis and Wendy Slater. Proquest: Cambridge, UK: 2019: 127-28.

Abelson, Donald E. “L’étude des lobbies et des think tanks,” in Charles-Philippe David et Frédérick Gagnon (eds), Théories de la politique étrangère américaine : Auteurs, concepts et approches.  Deuxième edition. Montreal:  Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2018: 363-394.

Abelson, Donald E. “Any Better Ideas? Think Tanks and Policy Analysis in Canada,” in Laurent Dobuzinskis and Michael Howlett (eds.), Policy Analysis in Canada. Bristol, UK: Policy Press,  2018: 275-296.

Esses, Victoria M., Zuschlag, Anna and Donald E. Abelson, “Introduction: Twenty-First Century Immigration to North America,” in Victoria M. Esses and Donald E. Abelson (eds), TwentyFirst Century Immigration to North America: Newcomers in Turbulent Times. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017: 3-12

Abelson, Donald E. “Strategic Thinking or Thinking Strategically? The Ambiguous Role of American Think Tanks” in Thomas Juneau (ed.), Strategic Analysis in Support of International Policy-Making: Case Studies in Achieving Analytical Relevance.  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017: 203-224.

Abelson, Donald E. and Stephen Brooks, “Struggling to be Heard: The Crowded and Complex World of Foreign Policy-Oriented Think Tanks,” in Donald E. Abelson, Stephen Brooks and Xin Hua (eds), Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-politics: Pathways to Influence. London: Routledge, 2017: 1-19.

Abelson, Donald E. “Feulner’s Pendulum: Moving between Policy Research and Political Advocacy,” in Donald E. Abelson, Stephen Brooks and Xin Hua (eds.), Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-politics: Pathways to Influence. London: Routledge, 2017: 20-36.

Abelson, Donald E. “Think Tanks American Style,” in Donald E. Abelson,  Stephen Brooks and Xin Hua (eds), Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-politics: Pathways to Influence.  London: Routledge, 2017: 83-100. 

Abelson, Donald E. “And the Winner Is: Why Measuring Think Tank Performance is inherently problematic – lessons from Canada and beyond,” in Donald E. Abelson, Stephen Brooks and Xin Hua, Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-politics: Pathways to Influence. London: Routledge, 2017: 185-199. 

Abelson, Donald E. “Think Tanks,” in Scribner’s Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to the Present. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2016: 10051007.

Abelson, Donald E. “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Reflections on the Evolution of American Think Tanks,” in Michael Kotler (ed.), The Ideas Industry: Comparative Perspectives.  Washington DC: The Edwin O.  Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, 2016: 7-32. A revised version of this chapter appeared in the Canadian Review of American Studies 46 (1) 2016: 139-157. 

Abelson, Donald E. “Changing Minds, Changing Course: Obama, Think Tanks and American Foreign Policy,” in Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller and Mark Ledwidge (eds), Obama and the World: New Directions in US Foreign Policy. Second Edition.  London: Routledge, 2014: 107-119.

Abelson, Donald E. ‘National Interest or Self Interest?  Advocacy Think Tanks, 9-11, and the Future of North American Security,’ in Patrick James and Jonathan Paquin (eds), Game Changer: The Impact of 9/11 on North American Security. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2014: 174-92.

Abelson, Donald E. “Think Tanks and U.S Diplomatic and Military Affairs,” in Timothy J. Lynch (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military & Diplomatic History.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2013: 354-363.

Abelson, Donald E. “First Impressions, Second Thoughts: Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy,” in Tomasz Bakowski and Jakub H. Szlachetko (eds), Zagadnienie Think Tankow w ujeciu interdyscyplinarnym (The Issue of Think Tanks in an Interdisciplinary Perpesctive):  Gdansk:  Gdansk University Press, 2012: 160-174. 

Abelson, Donald E. “L’étude des lobbies et des think tanks,” in Charles-Philippe David (ed.), Théories de la politique étrangère américaine : Auteurs, concepts et approches.  Montreal:  Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2012: 319-350.

Abelson, Donald E. “Theoretical Models and Approaches to Understanding the Role of Lobbies and Think Tanks in US Foreign Policy,” in Stephen Brooks, Dorota Stasiak and Tomasz Zyro (eds), Policy Expertise in Contemporary Democracies.  London: Ashgate, 2012: 9-30.

Abelson, Donald E.  “Do Policy Experts Matter?  Lessons from Canada and the United States” in Stephen Brooks, Dorota Stasiak and Tomasz Zyro (eds), Policy Expertise in Contemporary Democracies.  London: Ashgate, 2012: 89-107.

Abelson, Donald E. “Think Tanks,” in Helmut K. Anheier and Mark Juergensmeyer (eds), Encyclopedia of Global Studies.  Los Angeles: Sage, 2012: 1645-47.

Abelson, Donald E. “Is Anybody Listening?  Assessing the Influence of Think Tanks,” in Adolfo Garcé and Gerardo Uña (eds.), Think Tanks and Public Policy in Latin America: Global Dynamics and Regional Realities.  Buenos Aires: Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), 2010: 11-33.  Available at www.cippec.org.

Abelson, Donald E.  “What Were They Thinking?  Think Tanks, the Bush Administration and U.S. Foreign Policy,” in Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller and Mark Ledwidge (eds.), New Directions in U.S. Foreign Policy.  London: Routledge, 2009: 92-105.

Abelson, Donald E.  “The Rand Corporation,” in Ruud van Dijk (ed), Encyclopedia of the Cold War.  London: Routledge, 2008: 731-32.

Abelson, Donald E.  “In the Line of Fire: Think Tanks, the War on Terror and AntiAmericanism,” in Richard Higgott and Ivona Malbasic (eds), The Political Consequences of Anti-Americanism.  London: Routledge, 2008: 44-57.

Abelson, Donald E.  “Any Ideas?  Think Tanks and Policy Analysis in Canada,” in Laurent Dobuzinskis, Michael Howlett and David Laycock (eds), Policy Analysis in Canada: The State of the Art.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007: 551-573.

Abelson, Donald E.  “Alguien está escuchando?  Evaluando la influenciade los think tanks en las políticas,” en Adolfo Garcé y Gerado Uña (eds.), Think Tanks y políticas publicas en Latinoamérica: Dinámicas globales y realidades regionales. Buenos Aires: Prometeo Libros, 2006: 15-50.

Abelson, Donald E.  “The Business of Ideas: The Think Tank Industry in the United States,” in Diane Stone and Andrew Denham (eds), Think Tank Traditions: Policy Research and the Politics of Ideas.  Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004: 215-31.

Wiktorowicz, Mary, Lapp, Miriam, Brodie, Ian and Donald E. Abelson, “Interest Groups and Health Policy in Ontario,” in Kathy L. Brock (ed), Delicate Dances: Public Policy and the Nonprofit Sector.  Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003: 171-221.

James, Patrick, Abelson, Donald E. and Michael Lusztig. Introduction: The Myth of the Sacred in the Canadian Constitutional Order,” in Patrick James, Donald E. Abelson and Michael Lusztig (eds), The Myth of the Sacred: The Charter, the Courts and the Politics of the Constitution in Canada.  Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002: 3-14.

Abelson, Donald E. "Think Tanks, Public Policy and Constitutional Politics in Canada," in Patrick James, Donald E. Abelson and Michael Lusztig (eds), The Myth of the Sacred: The Charter, the Courts and the Politics of the Constitution in Canada.  Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002: 171-88.

Abelson, Donald E. and Evert A. Lindquist. "Think Tanks Across North America," in R. Kent Weaver and James G. McGann (eds), Think Tanks and Civil Societies: Catalyst for Ideas and Action. New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2000: 37-66.

Abelson, Donald E. "Surveying the Think Tank Landscape in Canada," in Martin W. Westmacott and Hugh Mellon (eds), Public Administration and Policy: Governing in Challenging Times. Scarborough: Prentice-Hall, 1999: 91-105.

Abelson, Donald E. "Think Tanks in the United States," in Diane Stone, Andrew Denham and Mark Garnett (eds), Think Tanks Across Nations: A Comparative Approach. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998:107-126.

Abelson, Donald E. "Canada and the Clinton White House: Looking Back and Looking Ahead at Canadian-American Relations," in Fen O. Hampson, Maureen A. Molot and Martin Rudner (eds), Canada Among Nations 1997: The Year of Asia-Pacific. Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1997: 81-103.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Abelson, Donald E. and Adam Lajeunesse, eds. Canada-U.S. Relations in the Age of Trump,  American Review of Canadian Studies, 50(1) Spring, 2020.

Abelson, Donald E. and Adam Lajeunesse. "Introduction: Canada-U.S. Relations in the Age of Trump," American Review of Canadian Studies, 50(1): 1-8, Spring, 2020.

Abelson, Donald E. Think Tanks et Présidents Américains: Quelques Leçons de la Maison-Blanche sous Bush, Obama et Trump." Bulletin d'histoire politique, March 2020: 63-82.

Abelson, Donald E. "From Generation to Generation: Reflections on the Evolution of Think Tanks." International Review of Public Policy, 1:2/2019: 238-249.

Abelson, Donald E. “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Reflections on the Evolution of American Think Tanks.” Canadian Review of American Studies, 46 (1) 2016: 139-157.

Abelson, Donald E. “Old world, new world: the evolution and influence of foreign affairs think-tanks,” International Affairs (UK) 90 (1), 2014: 125-42.

Abelson, Donald E. “Ideas for Export: The Attraction of US think tanks,” China Think Tank (5) November 2013: 132-135. Published by the China Region Development and Reform Institute, Red Flag Press, Beijing, China.

Abelson, Donald E.  “Politics on Ice: The United States, the Soviet Union and a Hockey Game in Lake Placid.” Canadian Review of American Studies, 40 (1), 2010: 63-94.

Abelson, Donald E.  “A War of Ideas: think tanks and terrorism.  Policy Options, 28 (3) March 2007: 75-78.  

Abelson, Donald E.  “Think Tanks and U.S. Foreign Policy: An Historical View.”  U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda:  An Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State, 7 (3), November 2002: 9-12.

Abelson, Donald E. "Do Think Tanks Matter? Opportunities, Constraints and Incentives for Think Tanks in Canada and the United States." Global Society 14 (2), 2000: 213-236.

Abelson, Donald E. "Public Visibility and Policy Relevance: Assessing the Impact and Influence of Canadian Policy Institutes."Canadian Public Administration 42 (2), Summer 1999: 240-270.

Abelson, Donald E. and Christine M. Carberry. "Following Suit or Falling Behind? A Comparative Analysis of Think Tanks in Canada and the United States." Canadian Journal of Political Science 31 (3) September 1998: 525-555.

Abelson, Donald E. "Policy Experts and Political Pundits: American Think Tanks and the News Media." NIRA Review (Tokyo), Summer 1998:  40-43.

Abelson, Donald E. "In Search of Policy Influence: The Strategies of American Think Tanks." NIRA Review (Tokyo), Spring 1998: 28-32.

Abelson, Donald E. and Christine M. Carberry. "Policy Experts in Presidential Campaigns: A Model of Think Tank Recruitment." Presidential Studies Quarterly 27 (4), Fall 1997: 679-697.

Abelson, Donald E. and Michael Lusztig, "The Consistency of Inconsistency: Tracing Ontario's Opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement." Canadian Journal of Political Science 29 (4), December 1996: 681-698.

Abelson, Donald E. "Environmental Lobbying and Political Posturing: The Role of Environmental Groups in Ontario's Debate Over NAFTA." Canadian Public Administration 38 (3) Fall 1995: 352-381.

Abelson, Donald E. "From Policy Research to Political Advocacy: The Changing Role of Think Tanks in American Politics." Canadian Review of American Studies 25 (1) Winter 1995: 93126.

Abelson, Donald E. "A New Channel of Influence: Think Tanks and the News Media." Queen's Quarterly 99 (4) Winter 1992: 849-872.

Peer Reviewed Articles in Conference Proceedings/Reports

Abelson, Donald E. and Duncan Wood.  People, Security and Borders:  The WHTI and Its Implications for North America.  Ottawa: Fulbright Foundation, 2007. 

Abelson, Donald E. and Christine M. Carberry. "In Search of Policy Advice: Why Presidential Nominees Turn to Think Tanks," in lain Hampsher-Monk and Jeffrey Stanyer (eds), Contemporary Political Studies 1996 Volume Two: Proceedings of the Annual Political Studies Association Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 1996: 969-979.

Non-Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Research Papers/Commentaries 

Abelson, Donald E. “Think Tanks by the Numbers.” TRANSPARIFY, June 16, 2014. Available at http://www.transparify.org/blog/2014/6/5/think-tanks-by-the-numbers.

Abelson, Donald E. “Thinking Out Loud: Think Tanks and Their Quest for Public Exposure.” Research Paper, Number 2.  The Canada-U.S. Institute, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, July 2012.

Abelson, Donald E.  “First Impressions, Second Thoughts:  Reflections on the Changing Role of Think Tanks in US Foreign Policy.” Critical Issues of Our Time, Volume 8, Winter 2011, Centre for American Studies, The University of Western Ontario.

Abelson, Donald E. “Think Tanks must think more about issues of national interest, not self interest.”  London School of Economics – Blog - Impact of Social Sciences; maximizing the impact of academic research. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences2011/10/ 11/think tanks-national-interest/. 

Abelson, Donald E.  “The Influence of Think Tanks on US Foreign Policy.”  Visiting Scholar Working Paper Series, Number 65.  Paris: The American University of Paris, 2008.   

Abelson, Donald E.  “Capitol Thinkers: American Think Tanks and the Media.”  PIN  - Politik im Netz (www.politik-im-netz.com), 6. Jahrang, Ausgabe: 26 im January 2005, Rubrik: national.

Book Reviews/Review Essays

Thomas Medvetz, Think Tanks in America, in The American Journal of Sociology, 119 (3), November 2013: 872-875.

Patricia Molloy, Canada/US and Other Unfriendly Relations before and after 9/11, in The LSE Review of Books, http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2012/11/27/book-reviewcanadaus-and-other-unfriendly-relations-before-and-after-911/  

Hartwig Pautz, Think-Tanks, Social Democracy and Social Policy, in Parliamentary Affairs: A Journal of Representative Politics (UK)  66 (4), October 2013: 894-902.

Madsen Pirie, Think Tank: The Story of the Adam Smith Institute in The LSE Review of Books. April 2012.  Available at http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/  

Leslie A. Pal and R. Kent Weaver (eds).  The Government Taketh Away: The Politics of Pain in the United States and Canada in The Canadian Journal of Political Science 39 (1), March 2006: 196-98.  

Andrew Rich.  Think Tanks, Public Policy and the Politics of Expertise, in Political Science Quarterly, 120 (2), Summer 2005: 326-28.     

Raymond Cohen. Negotiating Across Cultures: International Communication in an Interdependent World, Journal of Asian Studies 57 (3), August 1998: 800-802.

Robert E. Denton, Jr. and Rachel L. Holloway (eds). The Clinton Presidency: Images, Issues and Communication Strategies, The Southeastern Political Review 25 (2), June 1997: 382-383.

Stephen Hess. International News and Foreign Correspondents, American Journalism, 14 (1), Winter 1997: 116-117.

Lyn Ragsdale, Presidential Politics. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993, The Southeastern Political Review 25 (3), September 1997: 551-553.

Elias Vlanton and Zak Mettger. Who Killed George Polk?, Journalism History 22 (4), Winter 1997:164.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ken Auletta and Thomas E. Patterson, 1-800-President: The Report of the Twentieth Century Fund Task Force on Television and the Campaign of 1992, American Journalism, 13 (4), Fall 1996: 497-498.

Charlotte Ryan, Prime Time Activism: media strategies for grassroots organizing, American Journalism, 13 (3), Summer 1996: 379-380.

Colin Campbell and Bert A. Rockman (eds), The Clinton Presidency: First Appraisals, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 29 (2), June 1996: 401-403.

Jean Daudelin and Edgar J. Dosman (eds), Beyond Mexico: Changing Americas, Volume 1, Canadian Public Policy 21 (4), December 1995: 503-504.

Stephen Vaughn, Ronald Reagan in Hollywood: Movies and Politics, American Journalism, 12 (4), Fall 1995: 515-518.

Robert W. Gregg,  About Face? The United States and the United Nations and Bartram S. Brown, The United States and the Politicization of the World Bank: Issues of international law and policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 27 (3), September 1994: 651-653.

Philip J. Briggs, Making American Foreign Policy: President-Congress Relations from the Second World War to Vietnam, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 25 (3), September 1992: 637-638.

Robert S. McNamara, Blundering into Disaster: Surviving the First Century of the Nuclear Age, International Journal 43 (4), Autumn 1988: 687-690.

Invited Presentations/Conference Papers

Panelist, Confederation of Tomorrow: 2019 Survey of Canadians: Pulling Together or Drifting Apart? Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, 15 April 2019.

“Thinking about Success: How Think Tanks can Achieve Policy Influence.” Keynote Address, 2018 Shanghai Global Think Tank Forum, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, October 25, 2018. 

“Think Tanks and the Trump Presidency.” Presentation to the Policy Research and Think-Tanks Research Seminar, University of Bath (London campus), London, UK, February 16, 2018.

“How to Measure the Impact of Think Tanks.” Presentation to the OTT (On Think Tanks) Conference, London, UK, February 15, 2018.

“Think Tanks, Expertise and the Crisis of the Liberal Order in the Trump Era.” Presentation to the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), City University London, February 15, 2018.

“Think Tanks in North America: Lessons for China.” Presentation made at the 2017 Shanghai Global Think Tank Forum. Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, December 1, 2017.

“Finding the Sweet Spot: Striking a Balance between Policy Research and Political Advocacy.” Keynote Address, 2017 Shanghai Global Think Tank Forum, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, December 1, 2017. 

“How Do you Measure Impact? How IR Think Tanks Influence Discourse, Debate, and Decision-Making.” Panel discussion, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, February 24, 2017.

Heading North? What US Think Tanks Might Learn from Canada’s Idea Industry.”

Presentation at a conference entitled, Washington’s Idea Industry in a Comparative Context, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, February 23, 2017.

“Shedding Light on Canada’s Think Tank Landscape.” Presentation at the Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC, February 23, 2017.

“Think Tanks in Canada and the United States.” Presentation at the Embassy of the United States of America, Ottawa, December 2, 2016.

“Think Tanks and the 2016 Republican race for the presidency.” Presentation to the Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 29 January 2016.

“Come to Think of It: Reconsidering the relationship between Presidential Nominees and American Think Tanks.” Presentation to the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) Seminar Series, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 28 January 2016.

“Think Tanks: Do They Help, Hinder or Strengthen the Development of Social Policy?” Presentation given (via Skype) as a panelist at a conference entitled, The Global Village: Our Responsibility to Engage: Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II Document Nostra Aetate, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 8 October 2016.

“The Washington Idea Industry: Some Preliminary Insights.” Presentation given at a conference entitled, The Washington Idea Industry in Comparative Context, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, DC, 7 October 2015. Jointly sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Centre for East Asian Studies (SAIS) and the Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the Japan Foundation.

“Foreign Investment: Japanese Foundations and American Think Tanks.” Presentation to the Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the Japan Foundation, New York, New York, 29 May 2015.

“The Domestic Sources of US Foreign Policy: The Role of Lobbies and Think Tanks.” Presentation at a conference entitled, Who Decides in Washington? The Making of US Foreign Policy. Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Québec, March 26, 2015. Sponsored by the Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, Center  for the United States Studies. 

“Think Tanks in Comparative Perspective: The US and Beyond.”  Presentation at a conference entitled, Changing Washington: Idea Industries and Public Policy: Japan and the US in Comparative Perspective, Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, January 23, 2015. Jointly sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. 

“Think Tanks, Soft Power, and US Foreign Policy.” Presentation to LERMA (Center for the Study of the Anglophone World), Université Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, France, October 14, 2014. 

“The Role of Think Tanks in International Relations: A View from North America.” Presentation given at Blanquerna- School of Communications and International Relations, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain, April 25, 2014.

“A World of their Own: Think Tanks and Global Politics.” Presentation given at Blanquerna,   School of Communications and International Relations, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain, April 24, 2014,

“Policy Research, Political Advocacy and the Future of American Think Tanks.” Presentation given at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy, March 27, 2014.

“Ideas, Influence and Public Policy: Think Tanks in Canada and the United States.” Presentation given at the 2014 Manning Networking Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, February 28, 2014.

“Exporting Ideas: The Allure of American Think Tanks.” Video Presentation prepared for an International Symposium on Think Tanks – Chinese Think Tanks and China Dream.  Organized by the China Development and Reform Institute and the Chinese School of Social  Science – Tsinghua University and Shanghai University, Beijing, China, June 30, 2013.   

“In Pursuit of the National Interest? Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy.” Paper presented at the Department du Monde Anglophone, Laboratoire d’Etude et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (LERMA), Universite Aix Marseille 1, Universite de Provence, Aix-En-Provence, France, March 27, 2013.

“Changing Minds, Changing Course: The Evolution and Education of American Think Tanks.” Presentation given at the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, November 29, 2012.

“Plan of Attack:  US Think Tanks, Presidential Candidates, and the War of Ideas.” Presentation given at City University London (CUL), London, UK, October 24, 2012.

“A More Perfect Union: US Think Tanks and Presidential Candidates.” Presentation given at the University of Lancaster, Lancaster, UK, October 22, 2012.

“Heavy Artillery: Israeli Think Tanks and the Battle of Ideas.” JEM Speakers’ Series, London Jewish Community Centre, London, Ontario, March 5, 2012.

“Evaluating the Influence of Think Tanks in US Foreign Policy: Competing Perspectives, Models and Theoretical Approaches.” Presentation to the Center for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 1, 2012.

“On Second Thought:  Reflections on the Changing Role of Think Tanks in American Politics.”  Presentation made to the Institute for the Study of the Americas, Senate House, University of London, London, UK, October 11, 2011. 

“War of Ideas: “Advocacy Think Tanks” and the Debate over North American Security.” Paper presented at a Symposium on North American Security Relations.  Sponsored by the Universitè Laval, Quebec City, September 9, 2011.

“A Penny for your Thoughts:  Think Tanks in Canada and the United States.”  Presentation made to Bi-national Executive Seminar Canada-United States Relations.  University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Buffalo, New York, June 13, 2011.  

“Can the American Think Tank Experience be Exported to Israel?” Presentation made to the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies.  Sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Tel Aviv, Israel, May 18, 2011.

“Think Again:  How American Think Tanks Compete in the Marketplace of Ideas.” Presentation made to the Israel Democracy Institute’s (IDI) International Conference, “What do Think Tanks Do?” Jerusalem, Israel, May 15, 2011.  Presentation available on the IDI’s website idi.org.il.

“American Think Tanks and Presidential Elections.”  Videotaped presentation produced by L’Observatoire Français des Think Tanks for a conference sponsored by Sciences Po Paris entitled,  “à un an des présidentielles, quelle est la place des Think Tanks le débat public, en France et aux Etats-Unis.” Paris, France, May 10, 2011.

“The Evolution of Think Tanks in U.S. Foreign Policy.”  Presentation made de la Hautes études internationales, Université Laval, Québec City, February 28, 2011.

“Do Foreign Policy Think Tanks Matter?” Presentation made de la Hautes études internationales, Université Laval, Québec City, March 1, 2011. 

“Think Tanks and American Foreign Policy.”  Presentation made at a conference entitled, Think Tanks and Foundations in the Transatlantic World Past, Present and Future.”  Organized by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, The University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, December 3-4, 2010.

“Measuring the Influence of Think Tanks.”  Presentation made at a workshop entitled, Think Tanks Impact and Its Measurement, sponsored by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) Think Tanks Research Center, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, August 27, 2010. 

“Do Think Tanks Matter?  Presentation made at an International Workshop entitled, Think Tanks in Global Comparison - Modes of Operation, sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China, August 25, 2010.

“Do Policy Experts Matter?  Lessons from Canada and the United States.”  Paper presented at a conference entitled, Political Expertise in Contemporary Democracies: Canada, Germany, Poland.  The University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, May 21, 2010.

“Assessing the Impact of Think Tanks in Canada and the United States.”  Sciences Po Paris, Paris, France, November 27, 2009.  

“Why Think Tanks Matter.” Presentation made at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, London, England, November 24, 2009.

Panellist, “Roundtable discussion on Inderjeet Parmar (eds), New Directions in US Foreign Policy.” Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, London, England, November 24, 2009.

“The role of American think tanks in the policy-making process.”  Paper presented to the National Security Studies Program (NSSP), Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, March 16, 2009. 

“Canada and the United States: Ambivalent Allies.”  Prepared remarks on book written by John Herd Thompson and Stephen Randall.  Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, September 24, 2008.

“Politics on Ice: The United States, the Soviet Union and a Hockey Game in Lake Placid.”  Paper presented at the 36th Annual Convention of the North American Society for Sport History, Lake Placid, New York, May 26, 2008.  

“The Influence of Think Tanks on US Foreign Policy.”  Paper presented at the American University of Paris, Paris, France, April 16, 2008.

“Think Tanks in Canada and in the United States.”  Presentation made at a conference entitled, “North American Issues: Designing Institutions, Choosing Policies.”  Conference cosponsored by the Network on North American Studies in Canada (NNASC) and the United States Studies Program at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, March 13-15, 2008. 

“Roundtable on US Studies in Canada.”  Panelist and Moderator of panel organized at the 19th Biennial Conference for the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), Toronto, Ontario, November 17, 2007.

“Think Again: Reevaluating Models of Think Tank Influence.”  Paper presented at The University of Southern California (co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the Canadian Studies Program), Los Angeles, California, October 31, 2007.  

With Duncan Wood. “People, Security and Borders: The Impact of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative on North America - A View from Canada.”  Paper presented at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, May 30, 2007.

With Duncan Wood. “People, Security and Borders: The Impact of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative on North America - A View from the United States.”  Paper presented at the Government Conference Centre, Ottawa, May 28, 2007. 

“Think Fast: American Think Tanks and their efforts to Influence US Foreign Policy.”  Paper presented to the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) - Thunder Bay Branch, Lakehead University, April 25, 2007.

“American Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy.”  Paper presented at Sciences Po, Paris, France, December 7, 2006.

“Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy.”  Paper presented at The American University of Paris, Paris, France, December 8, 2006.

“Les think-tanks et la politique étrangère des Etats-Unis.”  Paper presented at Institut d’Études Politiques, The University of Lyon, Lyon, France, December 13, 2006.

“The role of think tanks in disseminating conservative ideas.”  Paper presented at Institut d’Études Anglophone, University of Paris VII, Paris, France, December 16, 2006.

“A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks and U.S. Foreign Policy.”  Paper presented at the School of Policy Studies Westcoast Lecture Series, Queen’s University, November 24, 2006.

“A Capitol Idea: Think Tank and U.S. Foreign Policy.”  Paper presented at the Center for the Study of the United States, Munk Centre, University of Toronto, F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series, November 22, 2006.

“Thinking Outside the Box: Think Tanks in Canada and the United States.  Paper presented at a workshop entitled, At the Think Tank-University Interface, Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC, October 13, 2006.

“Think Tanks and the American Political Landscape.”  Paper presented at the Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC., September 13, 2006.

“A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy.”  Paper presented at the Centre for International Politics, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, June 7, 2006.

“Is Anybody Listening?  Assessing the Influence of Think Tanks.”  Paper presented at the International Forum on the Social Science-Policy Nexus (IFSP), Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 21, 2006.

“Right on Time?  Conservative Think Tanks and their Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy.”  Paper presented at a conference entitled, Is America Right?  Conservatism in American Politics, organized by the Center for U.S. Studies, University of Quebec at Montreal, February 9, 2006.

“Think Tanks and Anti-Americanism.”  Paper presented at a workshop on Anti-Americanism and International Relations, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, September 16, 2005.

“Wozu Politikwissenschaft?  Think Tanks in der nordamerikanischen AuBenpolitik. (Why Political Science? - Think Tanks and Public Policy)”  Paper presented to the Department of Political Science,  The University of Passau, Passau, Germany, December 3, 2003.

Think Tanks and Foreign Policy Formulation in the US.”  Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Wildbad Kreuth, Bavaria, Germany, December 4-5, 2003.

‘Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy.” Presentation to the Department of Political Science,  Distinguished Speakers’ Series, University of Windsor, January 20, 2003.

“Think Tanks and Public Policy.” Presentation before the Business and Economic Development Cluster Policy Assistant Deputy Ministers Group, Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, Toronto, October 2, 2002.

“Think Tanks in Canada and the US.”  Presentation before the Business Climate Deputies’ Committee, Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, Toronto, Ontario, June 26, 2002.

“Think Tanks and Public Policy: Can Policy Influence Be Measured?” Presentation to the Political Economy Research Group (PERG), University of Western Ontario, November 5, 2001. "Think Tanks, Public Policy and Constitutional Politics in Canada." Paper presented at the Biennial Meetings of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), November 18-20, 1999, Pittsburgh, PA.

"Do Think Tanks Matter? Opportunities, Constraints and Incentives for Think Tanks in Canada and the United States." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the International Studies Association, Washington, D.C., February 20, 1999.

“Marketing the Message: Designing Effective Media Strategies for Think Tanks.”  Paper presented at a conference co-sponsored by the Center for International Enterprise (CIPE) and the World Bank, Moscow, September 16, 1998.

With Evert A. Lindquist, "Think Tanks Across North America." Paper presented at a conference entitled, Think Tanks and Civil Society: Catalyst for Ideas and Action, The World Bank and CIDOB, Barcelona, Spain, June 28-July 2, 1998.

"Public Visibility and Policy Relevance: Measuring the Impact and Influence of Canadian Policy Institutes." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, The University of Ottawa, May 31 - June 2, 1998.

With Evert A. Lindquist, "Who's Thinking About International Affairs? The Evolution and Funding of Canada's Foreign and Defence Policy Think Tanks." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, The University of Ottawa, May 31 - June 2, 1998.

"The Role of Policy Experts in Advising Prime Ministers and Presidents."  Paper presented at the Center for the Study of the Presidency's Conference on Canada-U.S. Relations, Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario, October 15, 1997.

With Christine M. Carberry, "Following Suit or Falling Behind? A Comparative Analysis of Canadian and American Think Tanks." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, June 1997.

With Christine M. Carberry, "In Search of Policy Advice: Why Presidential Nominees Turn to Think Tanks." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the British Political Studies Association, Glasgow, Scotland, 10-12 April, 1996.

"On the Road to the White House: Presidential Candidates and the Think Tanks that Advised Them." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, 4-6 June 1995.

"Political Leaders and Policy Advisors: Guiding America Through the Twenty-First Century." Paper presented at Toward the Third Millennium: The Role of the U.S. in the New North America, Chateau Laurier Hotel (sponsored by Carleton University), Ottawa, Ontario, 3-5  November 1994.

"From Policy Research to Political Advocacy: The Changing Role of Think Tanks in American Politics." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, The University of Calgary, June 12-14, 1994.

"Political Agendas in Policy Communities: Environmental Groups, the Ontario Government and the Debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement." Paper presented at a joint session of the Canadian Political Science Association and the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics, The University of Calgary, June 12-14, 1994.

"American Think Tanks, the News Media and the Politicization of Policy Expertise." Paper presented at the Conference on "Think Tanks in the USA and Germany: Democracy at Work: Where and How do Public Decision-makers Obtain Their Knowledge?"  The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 18-20 November 1993.

"Political News and Political Views: An Inquiry into the Symbiotic Relationship Between American Think Tanks and the News Media." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, June 2-4, 1991, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

"Seeing Red: Changing Perceptions of Soviet-Cuban Strategy in Central America." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, 1-3 June 1989, Laval University, Quebec City.

Media Interviews

MEDIA INTERVIEWS (2018-21)

24 February 2021 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), on the virtual meeting between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau.
24 February 2021 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News (Kitchener), on the virtual summit between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau.
24 February 2021 Interview with Rob Breackenridge, 770 CHQR (Calgary), on the virtual summit between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau.
23 February 2021 Interview with Chelsea Bird and Shaye Ganam, 630 CHED Mornings (Calgary and Edmonton), on the virtual summit between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau.
22 February 2021 Guest, Let’s Talk London with Jess Brady, 980 CFPL (London), on the virtual meeting between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau.
22 February 2021 Interview with Jillian Kestler D’Amours, Al Jazeera (English) on the virtual meeting between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau.
15 February 2021 Interview, The Matt Holmes Show, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), on the outcome of the Trump impeachment trial.
10 February 2021 Guest, Let’s Talk London with Jess Brady, 980 CFPL (London) on the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
9 February 2021 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), on the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
9 February 2021 Guest, The Morning Show with Devon Peacock, 980 CFPL (London) on the second Impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
25 January 2021 Guest, Let’s Talk London with Jess Brady, 980 CFPL (London), on the Senate trial of Donald Trump.
21 January 2021 Interview with Heidi Petracek, CTV News Atlantic (Halifax), to discuss Joe Biden and Canada-U.S. Relations.
21 January 2021  Interview with Adam McInnes, New Glasgow News, to discuss Joe Biden and Canada-U.S. Relations.
20 January 2021 Guest, Live with Mike Stubbs, 980 CFPL (London) to discuss Joe Biden and Canada-U.S. Relations.
20 January 2021 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines) to discuss Joe Biden and Canada-U.S. Relations.
20 January 2021 Interview with Paul Brothers, Global News (Halifax) to discuss the Trump legacy and the inauguration of Joe Biden.
20 January 2021 Interview with Amanda Debison, CTV Morning Live (Halifax) to discuss the Trump legacy and the inauguration of Joe Biden.
19 January 2021 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News (Kitchener) to discuss the pardon power of US presidents.
19 January 2021 Interview with Samantha Long, AllNovaScotia, on the impact of a Biden administration on Canada-U.S. relations.
18 January 2021 Interview with Portia Clark, Information Morning, CBC Radio (Halifax) to discuss the Trump impeachment and the inauguration of Joe Biden.
14 January 2021:  Guest, The Danielle Smith Show, 630 CHED (Edmonton) and 770 CHQR (Calgary), to discuss the second impeachment of Donald Trump.
14 January 2021  Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines) to discuss the second impeachment of Donald Trump.
13 January 2021 Interview with Jack Morse, The Hawk 101.5FM (Port Hawkesbury), to discuss the second impeachment of Donald Trump.
11 January 2021 Guest, Let’s Talk London with Jess Brady, 980 CFPL (London) to discuss the second impeachment of Donald Trump.
8 January 2021 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 97.5FM (Halifax), to discuss the possible second impeachment of Donald Trump.
8 January 2021 Guest, The Morning Show with Devon Peacock, 980 CFPL (London) to discuss the possible impeachment of Donald Trump.
8 January 2021 Interview with Amanda Debison, CTV Morning Live (Halifax), to discuss the siege on the US Capitol.
7 January 2021 Guest, The Mike Farwell Show, 570AM (Kitchener), to discuss the insurrection on the US Capitol.
7 January 2021 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines) to discuss the insurrection on the US Capitol.
6 January 2021 Guest, Let’s Talk London with Jess Brady, 980 CFPL (London) to discuss the insurrection on the US Capitol.
6 January 2021 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the results of the Georgia Senate run off election.
5 January 2021 Interview, The Matt Holmes Show, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines) to discuss the Georgia Senate run off election.
4 January 2021 Guest, Let’s Talk London with Jess Brady, 980 CFPL (London), to discuss Donald Trump’s phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
4 January 2021 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News (Kitchener), to discuss the Republican challenge to the 2020 Electoral College results.
23 December 2020 Interview with J’Lyn Nye, 630 CHED (Edmonton) on the major political stories in Canada and the US in 2020.
14 December 2020 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the results of the Electoral College.
27 November 2020 Interview with Sophia Harris, CBC News.ca, to discuss border restrictions between Canada and the US.
17 November 2020        Guest, Let’s Talk London with Jess Brady, 980 CFPL (London), on Canada’s invitation to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
15 November 2020      Interview with Dan Ahlstrand, The Todd Veinotte Show, News 97.5 FM (Halifax), on the political fall out from the US presidential election.
12 November 2020 Interview with Jillian Kestler D’Amours, Al Jazeera (English) to discuss what a Biden presidency may mean for Canada.
10 November 2020    Interview with Amanda Debison, CTV Morning Live (Halifax), on Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the US presidential election to Joe Biden.
9 November 2020 Guest, Let’s Talk London with Jess Brady, 980 CFPL (London), on America’s reaction to the US presidential election.
9 November 2020 Interview with Sheldon MacLeod, 97.5 FM (Halifax), on America’s reaction to the US presidential election.
9 November 2020 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News (Kitchener), on America’s reaction to the US presidential election.
9 November 2020 Interview with Danielle Smith, 630 CHED (Edmonton) and 770 CHQR (Calgary), on America’s reaction to the US presidential election.
9 November 2020 Interview with Shelby Knox, Newstalk 610 CKTB (Niagara), on America’s reaction to the US presidential election.
5 November 2020 Interview with Jock Wilson, 770 CHQR (Calgary), to discuss the result of the US presidential election.
5 November 2020 Interview, The Matt Holmes Show, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the US presidential election.
5 November 2020 Guest, The Morning Show with Devon Peacock, 980 CFPL (London) to discuss the results of the US presidential election.
4 November 2020 Interview with Jack Morse, The Hawk, 101.5 FM (Port Hawkesbury), to discuss the results of the US presidential election.
4 November 2020 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 97.5 FM (Halifax), to discuss the results of the US presidential election.
4 November 2020 Guest, The Mike Farwell Show, 570AM (Kitchener), to discuss the results of the US presidential election.
4 November 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning 610 CKTB (St. Catherines), to discuss the results of the US presidential election.
4 November 2020 Interview with Portia Clark, Information Morning, CBC Radio (Halifax) to discuss the results of the US presidential election.
4 November 2020 Interview with Amanda Debison, CTV Morning Live (Halifax), to discuss the results of the US presidential election.
4 November 2020 Interview with Paul Brothers, Global TV (Halifax), to discuss the results of the US presidential election.
3 November 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London), to discuss the US presidential election.
3 November 2020 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 97.5 FM (Halifax), to discuss the US presidential election.
3 November 2020 Interview, the Matt Holmes Show, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the US presidential election.
3 November 2020 Interview with Amanda Debison, CTV Morning Live (Halifax), to discuss the US presidential election.
29 October 2020 Interview with Steve Murphy, CTV Atlantic News (Halifax) to discuss the US presidential campaign and how a Biden presidency might affect Canada.
29 October 2020 Interview with Sophia Harris, CBC News.ca, to discuss Canadian attitudes toward the United States and Donald Trump.
28 October 2020 Interview with Sheldon MacCleod, 97.5 FM (Halifax) to discuss the final days of the US presidential election.
28 October 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610 CKTB (St. Catherines) to discuss the final days of the US presidential election. - 100
27 October 2020 Guest, The Morning Show with Devon Peacock, 980 CFPL (London), to discuss the final week of the US presidential election.
23 October 2020 Interview with Shelby Knox, Newstalk 610 CKTB (Niagara), to discuss the final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
23 October 2020 Interview with Portia Clark, Information Morning, CBC Radio (Halifax), to discuss the final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
22 October 2020 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 97.5 FM (Halifax), on the final US presidential debate and the U.S. presidential election.
17 October 2020 Interview, The Matt Holmes Show, 610CKTB (Niagara), to discuss the Town Hall performances of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
14 October 2020 Interview with Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News (London Bureau), to discuss Canada’s relations with President Trump.
13 October 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court and the US presidential campaign.
8 October 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London) to discuss the US vice-presidential debate.
7 October 2020 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News (Kitchener), to discuss the US vice-presidential debate.
4 October 2020 Interview with Dan Ahlstrand, The Todd Veinotte Show, News 97.5 (Halifax), on the politics surrounding Donald Trump and Covid-19.
3 October 2020 Interview with Bruce Frisko, CTV Atlantic News (Halifax) on President Trump testing positive for Covid-19.
2 October 2020  Guest, The Morning Show with Devon Peacock, 980 CFPL (London), on Donald and Melania Trump testing positive for Covid-19.
1 October 2020  Interview with Andrew MacDonald, The MacDonald Notebooks, on the US presidential election.
30 September 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London), on the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
30 September 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning 610 CKTB (St. Catharines) on the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
30 September 2020 Guest, The Mike Farwell Show, 570 AM (Kitchener), on the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
30 September 2020 Guest, The Morning Show with Devon Peacock, 980 CFPL (London), on the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
30 September 2020 Interview with Portia Clark, Information Morning, CBC Radio (Halifax), on the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
29 September 2020 Interview with Maura Forrest, Politico, on the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
29 September 2020 Interview with Sheldon MacCleod, 97.5 FM (Halifax) to discuss Donald Trump’s tax returns and his first presidential debate with Joe Biden.
29 September 2020  Interview with Matt Holmes, Newstalk 610 CKTB (Niagara) on the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
28 September 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London), on the New York Time’s expose on Donald Trump’s taxes.
22 September 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the politics surrounding the replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court.
21 September 2020 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show, 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the politics surrounding her replacement on the US Supreme Court.
21 September 2020 Guest, The Morning Show with Devon Peacock, 980 CFPL (London), to discuss the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the politics surrounding her replacement on the US Supreme Court.
14 September 2020 Interview with Sheldon MacCleod, 97.5 FM (Halifax) on Bob Woodward’s recent book, Rage, about Donald Trump.
10 September 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London), on Donald Trump’s response to the release of Bob Woodward’s book, Rage.
8 September 2020 Interview with Nicolas Berube, La Presse (Montreal) on what Canada-U.S. relations would look like in a second Trump term.
27 August 2020 Guest, The Morning Show with Devon Peacock980 CFPL (London) to discuss to US presidential election.
26 August 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), on the Republican National Convention.
25 August 2020 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News (Kitchener), to discuss the Republican National Convention.
12 August 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London), to discuss Senator Kamala Harris’s selection as Joe Biden’s running mate.
12 August 2020 Interview, The Matt Holmes Show, 610CKTB, (Niagara), to discuss Senator Kamala Harris’s selection as Joe Biden’s running mate.
11 August 2020     Guest, The Mike Farwell Show, 570 AM (Kitchener), on the imposition of tariffs on Canadian aluminum by Donald Trump.
7 August 2020 Interview, CBC Syndicated Radio, on President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian aluminum.  Ten separate CBC interviews -  Edmonton, Cape Breton,  New Brunswick, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Calgary, Whitehorse, Victoria, Saskatchewan, and Kelowna.
5 August 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London), on Jonathan Swann’s interview with Donald Trump.
31 July 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London) on Donald Trump’s suggestion that the US Presidential Election be postponed.
24 July 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London), on Canada, the United States and the extradition hearings involving Meng Wanzhou.
3 July 2020 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 97.5FM (Halifax) on the findings of BMIG’s Special Issue of the American Review of Canadian Studies on Canada-U.S. Relations in the Age of Donald Trump.
30 June 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London) on the release of BMIG's Special Issue of the American Review of Canadian Studies.
30 June 2020 Interview with Kieran Leavitt, The Toronto Star (Edmonton Bureau), on the impact of CIGI and Canadian think tanks more generally.
25 June 2020 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 97.5 FM (Halifax), on the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
24 June 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980 CFPL (London), on the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
23 June 2020 Interview with Mark Collom, CBC News, on the potential ramifications of Canada refusing to extradite Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to the United States.
22 June 2020 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London), on the status of the Trump and Biden campaigns.
4 June 2020 Interview with Brandon Conradis, The Hill (Washington, DC), on Canada's reactions to the protests in the United States.
4 June 2020 Interview with Sheldon MacLeod, 97.5FM (Halifax), on Donald Trump's mishandling of US race relations.
4 June 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610CKTB (St. Catharines) on the state of US race relations and Canada-US relations.
3 June 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess BradyGlobal News Radio 980CFPL (London) on President Obama's remarks on US race relations following the killing of George Floyd.
3 June 2020 Interview with Jack Morse, The Hawk 101.5FM, (Port Hawkesbury), on Donald Trump's clash with US protesters.
2 June 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio 980CFPL (London), on the Trump administration's reaction to riots following the killing of George Floyd.
2 June 2020 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss Donald Trump's willingness to invoke the Insurrection Act to suppress riots.
13 May 2020 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London), on the Trump Administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
16 April 2020 Guest, The Mike Farwell Show, 570AM (Kitchener), on the Trump administration's decision to freeze funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).
16 April 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagrara in the Morning, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), on Canada-U.S. Relations during the coronavirus pandemic.
9 April 2020 Interview with Andrew MacDonald, The MacDonald Notebook, on Bernie Sanders decision to drop out of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Race.
9 April 2020 Interview with Wendy Bergfeldt, CBC Radio Mainstreet Cape Breton, on Canada-U.S. relations during the coronavirus pandemic.
9 April 2020 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London), on Bernie Sanders decision to drop out of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Race.
8 April 2020 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show, 610CKTB (St. Catharines) on Bernie Sanders decision to drop out of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Race.
27 March 2020 Interview, The Afternoon Show with Jess Brady, Global News Radio CFPL 980 (London), on the Trump administration`s proposal to place US troops along the Canada-U.S. border.
27 March 2020 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show, 610CKTB (St. Catharines) on the Trump administration`s proposal to place US troops along the Canada-U.S. border.
27 March 2020 Interview with Sheldon MacLeod, 97.5 FM (Halifax) on the Trump administration`s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
27 March 2020 Interview with Andrew MacDonald, The MacDonald Notebook, on the Trump administration and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
16 March 2020 Interview with Jillian Ketsler-D`Amours, Al Jazeera English, on Prime Minister Trudeau`s decision to exempt US citizens from a travel ban imposed to curtail the spread of the corona virus.
11 March 2020 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Presidential Primaries.
4 March 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), on the result of Super Tuesday.
3 March 2020 Interview with Matt Holmes, 610CKTB (St. Catharines) on the importance of Super Tuesday.
3 March 2020 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss the importance of Super Tuesday.
2 March 2020 Interview with Sheldon MacLeod, 97.5 FM (Halifax) on the importance of Super Tuesday.
17 February 2020 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the democratic primaries.
13 February 2020 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 95.7FM (Halifax) to discuss the results of the Democratic New Hampshire primaries.
6 February 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), on the acquittal of Donald Trump.
5 February 2020 Guest, CBC Radio Noon with Shawn Apel (Montreal), to discuss Trump`s impeachment and the State of the Union Address.
5 February 2020 Interview with Hannah Jackson, GlobalNews.ca, on Trump`s Impeachment and State of the Union Address.
4 February 2020 Interview with Sheldon MacLeod, 97.5 FM (Halifax) on the turmoil surrounding the Iowa Caucuses.
4 February 2020 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London) on the turmoil surrounding the Iowa Caucuses.
3 February 2020 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss the importance of the Democratic Iowa Caucuses.
3 February 2020 Guest, The Tom McConnell Show610CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the importance of the Democratic Iowa Caucuses.
30 January 2020 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 95.7 FM (Halifax) to discuss the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
23 January 2020 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
22 January 2020 Interview with CTV News Channel (Atlantic) with Amanda Debison, on the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
22 January 2020 Interview with Jonathan Michels (Freelance Journalist, North Carolina) on the role of conservative think tanks in debates over Canadian health care.
21 January 2020 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 95.7FM (Halifax) to discuss the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
20 January 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610CKTB (St. Catharines) to discuss the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
16 January 2020 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss the Impeachment trial fo Donald Trump.
16 January 2020 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London), to discuss the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
13 January 2020 Interview with Jack Morse, The Hawk 101.5FM (Port Hawkesbury), on Canada-U.S.-Relations and the Iran conflict.
13 January 2020 Interview with Paul Brothers, Global TV (Halifax) on Canada-U.S. Relations and the Iran conflict.
9 January 2020 Interview with Sheldon MacLeod, 97.5FM (Halifax) on the US-Iran conflict and its impact on Canada.
9 January 2020 Interview with Tim Denis, Niagara in the Morning, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss Donald Trump's actions against Iran.
20 December 2019 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980CFPL Radio (London), on the impeachment of Donald Trump.
19 December 2019 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 95.7FM (Halifax), on the impeachment of Donald Trump.
19 December 2019 Guest, The Mike Farwell Show, 570AM Kitchener, to discuss the impeachment of Donald Trump.
19 December 2019 Interview with Tim Denis, 610CKTB (St. Catharines), to discuss the impeachment of  Donald Trump.
12 December 2019 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 95.7FM (Halifax), to discuss the Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.
10 December 2019 Interview with Sheldon MacLeod, 97.5 FM (Halifax), to discuss the Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.
10 December 2019 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss the Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.
10 December 2019 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London) to discuss the Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.
2 December 2019 Interview with Graham Slaughter, CTV Digital News, on Canada-US Relations during the Trump era.
26 November 2019 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 95.7FM (Halifax), on the Trump Impeachment Hearings.
25 November 2019 Interview with Corey LeBlanc, The Casket, on the Trump Impeachment Hearings.
15 November 2019 Guest, The Rick Howe Show, 95.7FM (Halifax), on the Trump Impeachment Hearings.
13 November 2019 Interview, CTV News Channel (Atlantic) with Steve Murphy, on the Trump Impeachment Hearings.
13 November 2019 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss the Trump Impeachment Hearings.
13 November 2019 Interview with Jack Morse, The Hawk 101.5 (Port Hawkesbury) on the Trump Impeachment Hearings.
13 November 2019 Interview with Sheldon MacLeod, 97.5 FM (Halifax) on the Trump Impeachment Hearings.
30 October 2019 Interview with Will Campbell Walkey, Columbia University School of Journalism, on think tanks and US politics.
1 October 2019 Interview with Zoe Mason, The Fulcrum (University of Ottawa), on the state of Canada-U.S.Relations.
26 September 2019 Interview, 610CKTB (St. Catharines) with Larry Fedoruk, on the impending impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.
26 September 2019 Interview, CTV News Channel (Atlantic) with Steve Murphy, on the impending impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.
25 September 2019 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss the Democrats drive to impeach Donald Trump.
25 September 2019 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London) on the Democrats drive to impeach Donald Trump.
17 September 2019 Interview, Halifax Chronicle Herald, on Prime Minister Mulroney and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government.
17 September 2019 Interview, The National Post, on Prime Minister Mulroney and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government.
17 September 2019 Interview, The Globe and Mail, on Prime Minister Mulroney and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government.
1 August 2019 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London), on the Democratic presidential debates.
4 July 2019 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss Donald Trump and the US Military during the July 4th celebrations.
30 May 2019 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss US Vice-President Mike Pence’s trip to Ottawa.
25 April 2019 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss Joe Biden’s run   for the Democratic presidential nomination.
25 April 2019 Guest. The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London), on Joe Biden’s decision to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
26 February 2019 Guest, The Craig Needles Show, 980 CFPL Radio (London), on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s summit in Hanoi.
20 February 2019 Interview with Mathias Sindberg, Dagbladet Information (Copenhagen), on the implications of older candidates running for the US presidency.
19 February 2019 Interview with Jane Gerster, Global News National On-Line, to discuss Bernie Sanders and the issue of older candidates running for the US presidency.
5 February 2019 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.
9 January 2019 Guest, The Mike Farwell Show, 570AM Kitchener, to discuss Donald Trump’s speech on border security.
4 January 2019 Guest, The Mike Farwell Show, 570AM Kitchener, to discuss allegations of sexual harassment by staff in the Bernie Sanders 2016 Democratic presidential bid.
18 December 2018 Interview with Mark Cardwell, University Affairs, on think tanks in Canada.
7 November 2018 Interview with Larry Fedoruk, 610 CKTB Radio, (St. Catharines), on the outcome of the US mid-term elections.
5 November 2018 Interview with The Sarnia Observer, on the US mid-term elections.
1 November 2018 Guest, Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, 570 News, to discuss the US   mid-term elections.
30 October 2018 Interview with Madison Ranta, Carleton University School of Journalism, about the state of US hegemony.
28 September 2018 Guest, The Mike Farwell Show, 570AM Kitchener, to discuss the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.
28 August 2018 Interview with Greg Morrow, The Hawk 101.5FM (Port Hawkesbury), on the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government.
27 August 2018 Interview with Corey LeBlanc, The Casket (Antigonish) on the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government.
23 August 2018 Interview with Matt Draper, 989 XFM News (Antigonish) on the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government.
22 August 2018 Guest, The Tim Denis Show, 610CKTB St. Catharines, to discuss the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen indictments.
17 August 2018 Guest, The Jennifer Campbell Show, 570AM News Kitchener, to discuss the 2018 US mid-term elections.
5 July 2018 Interview with Richard Poplak, The Walrus, on think tanks in Canada.
27 June 2018 Interview with Paul Shinkman, US News & World Report, on Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau and the future of conservative politics in Canada.
19 June 2018 Interview, CTV News Channel with Todd van der Hayden,”on the souring relations between Canada and the US.
15 June 2018 Guest , “Viewpoints with Todd van der Hayden,” CJAD 800  (Montreal), on the relationship between Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump.
7 June 2018 Guest, “Background Briefing with Ian Masters,” KPFK FM 90.7, (Los Angeles), on Donald Trump and the G7 Summit.
7 June 2018 Interview with Randi Druzin, US News & World Report, on global perceptions of Donald Trump.
5 June 2018 Interview with Jillian Kestler D’Amours, Al Jezeera (English), on the G7 Summit in Canada.
24 May 2018 Interview with Jennifer Yang, The Toronto Star, on the creation of an Indigenous think tank at Ryerson University.
20 March 2018 Interview with Tim Denis, The Morning Show with Tim Denis, 610 CKTB Radio, St. Catharines, to discuss Donald Trump and Robert Mueller.
19 March 2018 Interview with Gordon Hoekstra, The Vancouver Sun, on the role of interest groups opposing the construction of pipelines in BC.
15 February 2018 Interview with OTT (On Think Tanks), on the state of American Think Tanks, London, UK.
29 January 2018 Interview for podcast entitled, “US vs. Them: Sports on the World Stage.” Backstory.org
19 January 2018 Interview with David Stenhouse, Backstory.org, on the 1980 US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team.

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Transatlantic Relations

Transatlantic Relations: Challenge and Resilience
(Routledge, 2022)

This book explains how and why the transatlantic relationship has remained resilient despite persistent differences in the preferences, approaches, and policies of key member states.

It covers topics ranging from the history of transatlantic relations, NATO and security issues, trade, human rights, and the cultural sinews of the relationship, to the impacts of COVID-19, climate change, think tanks, the rise of populism, public opinion, and the triangular relationship between the United States, Europe, and China. The book also conceptualizes resilience as a quality arising from myriad forms of interdependence. This interdependence helps shed light on the Atlantic partnership’s capacity to withstand serious disagreements, such as those that occurred during the Reagan, George W. Bush, and Trump presidencies.

With a principle focus on the US and Europe, the contributors to the volume also employ Canadian case studies to provide a unique and useful corrective. This book will interest all intermediate and senior undergraduate as well as graduate courses on relations between the US and Europe, American foreign policy, and European Union foreign policy. A specialist readership that includes academic and think tank researchers, policy practitioners, and opinion leaders will also benefit from this timely volume.

 

 

Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy
(Edward Elgar Publishing, March 2021)

Edited by Donald E. Abelson, Director, Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, Steven K. Hudson Chair in Canada–US Relations and Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University and Christopher J. Rastrick, Director of Policy and Deputy Chief of Staff, Ministry of Education, Government of Ontario, Canada

This important Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the role, function and perceived impact of policy research-oriented institutions in North America, Europe and beyond. Over two-dozen international scholars explore the diverse and eclectic world of think tanks to reveal their structure, governance and unique position in occupying a critical space on the public-policy landscape.

 

 

Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes. Third Edition. 
Revised and Expanded
  (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018)

“Most of the serious research on Canadian think tanks has been done by Donald Abelson ... His groundbreaking book ... has proven enormously influential." The Walrus

“Anyone who wants to understand the differences between Canadian and US think tanks needs to read Do Think Tanks Matter? by Donald E. Abelson.” ThinkTank Watch

“Carefully documented and articulate case for the antithesis of the title ... a valuable treasure trove of interesting ... information." Canadian Public Policy

This expanded and revised third edition includes an updated chapter on presidents and think tanks, a new chapter on the efforts of a group of public policy institutes to shape the discourse around the possible construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, and dozens of new graphs and tables that track the public visibility and perceived policy relevance or impact of top-tier think tanks.


Do Think Tanks Matter?

Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes. Third Edition. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018. Translated into Arabic by the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2021.

Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes. Third Edition.
(Simplified Chinese Translation, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2019)

 

Northern Lights: Exploring Canada’s Think Tank Landscape
(McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016)

Recognized as one of The Hill Times’ Best Books of 2016

“Unique in its rigorous analysis of Canadian think tanks, and its systematic comparison with parallel institutions in the United States, Northern Lights both addresses and elaborates upon Weaver’s typology while presenting original insights on the core features of think tanks and the trend from research to advocacy.” Kent Calder, Johns Hopkins University

“Very little is known about think tanks in Canada, but this volume fills in much of the missing information - who they are, what role they play in the policy process, how they have developed over time. Northern Lights is a substantial addition to the academic literature on politics and policy.” Keith Brownsey, Mount Royal University.

The first comprehensive examination of think thanks in Canada, Northern Lights is both a primer for those looking to understand the role and function of think tanks in the policy-making process and a guide to the leading public policy institutes in the country.

 

Northern Lights: Exploring Canada’s Think Tank Landscape
(Simplified Chinese Translation, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2017)

 

Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-politics: Pathways to Influence  
(Routledge, 2017, paperback 2018)

Questions about the role and influence of think tanks in matters of foreign policy and geopolitics are both timely and important. The reconfiguration of global power, explosion of social media, shifts away from traditional print and oral-based ways of imparting knowledge and the sheer number of opinions have all had an impact on the kind of issues considered worthy of the attention of governments and citizens and how they are raised. This book explains the impact of think tanks on the framing of domestic and international conversations on matters of foreign policy and geopolitics. A range of prominent experts examine issues in specific countries and also across national and regional borders to explore how governments and actors in civil society are influenced by the activities of think tanks.


 


Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-Politics: Pathways to Influence. Simplified Chinese Translation. Published by Nanjing University Press, 2018.

 

Twenty-First Century Immigration to North America: Newcomers in Turbulent Times
(McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017)

Recognized as one of The Hill Times’ Best Books of 2017

An insightful comparative examination of the policies and practices that manage and support immigrants to Canada and the United States, Twenty-First-Century Immigration to North America identifies and addresses issues that arose in the early years of the twenty-first century and considers what to expect in the years ahead. The volume begins with an overview of immigration policies and practices in Canada and the United States, then moves to an investigation of the economic and sociocultural aspects, and concludes with a dialogue on precarious migration. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the editors include research from the areas of psychology, political science, economics, sociology, and public policy.

 

Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes- Second Edition. 
(McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009)

Review by George Fetherling, The Walrus, May 2008

Most of the serious research on Canadian think tanks has been done by Donald E. Abelson, chair of the department of political science at the University of Western Ontario. His ground breaking book, Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes, has proven enormously influential since its appearance in 2002. Part of its appeal is the way it brings Canadian think tanks into sharper focus by comparing them with those in the US. This and Abelson’s other works on the subject have led some readers –this one, certainly—to infer that whereas US think tanks, historically, have often been contracted to do work on long range projects  in defence and foreign policy (that the American government felt unable to undertake efficiently), Canadian think tanks have generally dealt with economic affairs. Founded in 1954, the Conference Board of Canada is a good example. It now has hundreds of staff and an annual budget of nearly $36 million, and is Canada‘s largest such institution.


 

A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks and U.S. Foreign Policy  
(McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006)

Review by Thomas S. Axworthy, Literary Review of Canada, Oct 2006

This is Abelson’s third book on the subject (in 1996 he published American Think Tanks and Their Role in U.S. Foreign Policy and in 2002 Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes). His preoccupation serves us in good stead, both because the subject is important (whatever influences the foreign policy of the hyper-power is important) and because each book builds upon its predecessor.

In Do Think Tanks Matter for example, Abelson concluded that it was impossible to speak definitively about the influence of think tanks despite the self-serving claims and reams of press clippings put forward by think tank presidents, and that influence could only be ascertained on a case-by-case basis. In A Capitol Idea, Abelson therefore follows his own advice and looks at two critical case studies, the promotion of ballistic missile defence and George W. Bush’s war on terror, to assess who influenced the process and how. Since both issues are on the current Canadian foreign policy agenda, by describing the policy background of each case, Abelson makes an important contribution to Canadian public policy debate even though his book is about the United States.

 

A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy
(Simplified Chinese Translation, Nanjing University Press, 2016).

 

Do Think Tanks Matter?


Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007) published in Arabic by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research.

 

The Myth of the Sacred

The Myth of the Sacred (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002) is a collection of articles by leading experts in Canada and the United States who challenge many of the underlying normative principles of the Canadian constitution. In short, it examines how various domestic groups have used the Constitution to advance their own political interests at the expense of the public interest.
 

 

American Think Tanks and their Role in US Foreign Policy (Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press Ltd, 1996) examines the growing involvement of think tanks in American politics and explores the many governmental and nongovernmental channels upon which they rely to exercise influence.

 

Do Think Tanks Matter?  Assessing the Impct of Public Policy Institutes, First Edition
(McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002)

 

Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes, Second Edition (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009) has been translated into simplified Chinese by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) Press. The SASS is the largest and most prestigious think tank in China.