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The New York Times recently published two articles that called into question the independence of Brookings research. Read our brief rebuttal to the first article, and our point-by-point response to their allegations.

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100 years of Quality, Independence, and Impact

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

As we commemorate our centenary year, Brookings is proud to present the “Brookings 2.0” strategic plan, which outlines how we’ll pursue our commitment to improving governance. Recognizing new challenges and opportunities ahead, we have designed a set of goals – and steps to realize them – to ensure we have the resources and structures in place to advance our mission. We will continue to uphold our core values – Quality, Independence, Impact – while conducting in-depth research and analysis that produces bold solutions and new ideas well into our next century. Now more than ever, we’re driven by the promise of a better future and the determination necessary to secure it.

“The Brookings Institution [is] a think tank as respected as it is long-lived. Over the last century, empires have come and gone, the world order has changed but Brookings has sailed on, not just commenting on events but shaping them.”
– Lord Jonathan Hill, Member, European Commission

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Annual Report

Setting, and meeting, the highest standard of nonpartisanship, independent thinking and civil discourse is the overarching all-Brookings priority. View the Report and Financials »

The Brookings Essay

In the spirit of Brookings’s commitment to high-quality, independent research, we have commissioned works on major topics of public policy by distinguished authors, including Brookings scholars. The Brookings Essay is a multi-platform, long-form product that we hope will engage our audience in open dialogue and debate. Read our Brookings Essays »

Board of Trustees

The Brookings Board of Trustees is a governing body composed of distinguished individuals from a variety of backgrounds. The Board has fiduciary responsibility for the Institution’s leadership, integrity, financial health, and scholarly independence. Learn more about Brookings Trustees »

Independence & Integrity Policies

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit organization devoted to independent, in-depth research that leads to pragmatic and innovative ideas on how to solve problems facing society. Brookings’s commitment to institutional independence is rooted in the individual independence of its scholars. Therefore, the Institution does not take positions on issues. Learn more about key policies guiding our research »

Diversity and Inclusion

We recognize that the diversity of our staff’s backgrounds, perspectives and experience is a tremendous asset in generating high-quality public policy research. Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Brookings »

Policy on Public Health Service Funded Research

The Policy and Procedures on Financial Conflict of Interest in Public Health Service Funded Research provides guidelines and procedures for the identification and resolution of real, potential, or apparent financial conflicts of interest that may arise with respect to the Institution’s employees and affiliates in public health service-funded research. Learn more about the policy »