Brookings's Reputation

Brookings is proud that many consider us to be the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world. Our high-quality research, our independence and our convening power help generate innovative, practical solutions to today's challenges.

A sample of what others are saying about Brookings: 

"When important debates occur in Washington—whether over Middle East peace, global finance, or urban strategy—it's a fair bet that Brookings is driving the conversation. ... From health care reform to recommendations on closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Brookings has a breadth of experience that allows it to offer innovative fixes for nearly every critical issue facing the United States today."

Foreign Policy magazine's Think Tank Index, January 2009

"We need the intellectual heft of Brookings to solve our tough economic problems. We need your fresh ideas and new thinking." 
Senator Mark Warner, March 8 2013, Capitol Visitors Center, Brookings Board Meeting

"Brookings has achieved a special measure of respect in Washington because it has risen above partisanship, and that is not an easy thing to do in this town which is sort of built on partisanship."
Hon. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York, August 28, 2007

Among 16 organizations with high impact on public policy, a Harris Poll found Brookings is:

  • among the five most powerful
  • among the ten most trusted
  • equally trusted by Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

The Harris Poll's nationwide survey on inside-the-beltway groups, December 2007 (pdf)

"Brookings has been at the center of every important policy debate in this country for 90 years."
Sen. Chuck Hagel, July 28, 2006