Lack of Private Funds Hampered Think Tank

Published: Wednesday, 10/03/2007 12:00 am EDT

Your article concerning the Canadian Institute of International Affairs was not complete (Re: "Structure Killed the Old Boys Think Tank," Sept. 12). While David Eaves' central point–that CIIA membership had aged–is generally true, the key point is one that he missed, one that Jim Balsillie has stepped up to the plate to correct. This point is that the CIIA, from its earliest years in the 1920s, did not have sufficient private sector funding. Thus a major and necessary activity for any think tank–in addition to meetings and publications–is a strong program of policy-related research (which would have encouraged an entire generation of younger Canadians to participate), which did not occur.

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