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Hudson Institute
Hudson Institute logo.gif
Founders Herman Kahn
Type Think tank
Founded 1961
Headquarters 1015 Fifteenth Street, NW Washington D.C., USA
Origins RAND Corporation
Staff Charles Blahous, Zeyno Baran, Herbert London, Kenneth R. Weinstein, Richard Weitz
Area served United States of America
Revenue $10,000,000+ [1]
Employees 70+
Motto "Forecasting trends and developing solutions."
Website http://www.hudson.org/

The Hudson Institute is an American, conservative, non-profit think tank founded in 1961, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by futurist, military strategist, and systems theorist Herman Kahn and his colleagues at the RAND Corporation.[2] It moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1984 and to Washington, D.C., in 2004.[3]

The Institute promotes public policy change in accordance with its stated values of a "commitment to free markets and individual responsibility, confidence in the power of technology to assist progress, respect for the importance of culture and religion in human affairs, and determination to preserve America's national security."[2]

The Capital Research Center, a conservative group that seeks to rank non-profits and documents their funding, allocates Hudson as a 7 on its ideological spectrum with 8 being "Free Market Right" and 1 "Radical Left."[4]

Its current president is Herbert London.[2]

Contents

Policy positions

According to its mission statement the Hudson Institute "challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary and collaborative studies in defense, international relations, economics, culture, science, technology, and law. Through publications, conferences and policy recommendations, we seek to guide global leaders in government and business."[2]

In the 1970s, Hudson’s scholars advocated a turn away from the "no-growth" policies of the Club of Rome; in the early 1990s, it advised the newly-independent Baltic nations on becoming market economies; it assisted in drafting the Wisconsin welfare reform law.

The Institute has taken positions critical of environmentalism.[5] Dennis Avery, as Director of the Hudson's Center for Global Food Issues, has written in opposition to those who favor the adoption of organic agricultural methods.[6]

It was described by US foreign policy scholars John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt as “closely associated with neoconservatives”.[7]

The Hudson Institute is developing programs to propose the political and economic transformation of Muslim nations.

Funding

The Hudson Institute is supported by donations from companies and individuals. Corporate contributors include Eli Lilly and Company, Monsanto Company, DuPont, Dow-Elanco, Sandoz, Ciba-Geigy, ConAgra, Cargill, and Procter & Gamble.[8]

Fundraising efforts use testimonials from what the Institute calls its "family of generous supporters and friends", among them, Henry Kissinger, who provides a testimonial: "Hudson Institute is today one of America's foremost policy research centers, in the forefront of study and debate on important domestic and international policy issues, known and respected around the globe, a leader in innovative thinking and creative solutions to the challenges of the present and the future."[9]

Critics question the institute's position on many issues, such as their negative campaigning against organic farming, since they receive large sums of money from conventional food companies. The New York Times commented on Dennis Avery's attacks on organic farming: "The attack on organic food by a well-financed research organization suggests that, though organic food accounts for only 1 percent of food sales in the United States, the conventional food industry is worried."[6]

While many conservative think tanks eschew government funding, Hudson happily takes government contracts. The Capital Research Center (CRC) database lists Hudson as having received six grants between 1996 and 2002 totalling $731,914 (unadjusted for inflation). Five of the six grants were from the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. (Neither the CRC database or Hudson's annual report for those years provide details on what the grants were specifically for).

In 2002 Hudson received a grant of $173,484 from the Department of Commerce. (Rather bizarrely, CRC assigns the Department of Commerce an "ideological ranking" of 1 - "Radical Left").

The Hudson Institute's IRS Form 990 for the financial year ending on September 30, 2003 showed total revenue of $9.34 million, including over $146,000 in government grants. Other known funders listed in the institute's 2002 annual report include:

After it was revealed that Michael Fumento received funding from Monsanto for his 1999 book Bio-Evolution, company spokesman Chris Horner confirmed that it continues to fund the think tank. "It's our practice, that if we're dealing with an organization like this, that any funds we're giving should be unrestricted," Horner told BusinessWeek. Hudson's CEO Kenneth R. Weinstein told BusinessWeek that he was uncertain if the payment should have been disclosed. "That's a good question, period," he said.[10]

Hudson Institute Leadership

Notable trustees, fellows and advisors

In 1990 fellow Bruce Chapman founded another think tank, the Discovery Institute.

Politicians who have been affilitated with Hudson include former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle and Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels.

Other members have included:

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=9354
  2. ^ a b c d The Hudson Institute, "Mission Statement", accessed April 15, 2008.
  3. ^ The Hudson Institute, "Frequently Asked Questions", accessed April 15, 2008.
  4. ^ Capital Research profile (archived site)
  5. ^ Environment Issues article list, The Hudson Institute, accessed August 10, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Marian Burros, "Eating Well; Anti-Organic, And Flawed", The New York Times, accessed December 14, 2007.
  7. ^ The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M Walt, Allen Lane (UK Edition), p130
  8. ^ John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, Trust Us, We’re Experts - How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future (New York: Penguin Putnam, 2001). ISBN 1-58542-139-1.
  9. ^ The Hudson Institute, "Meet our Family of Generous Supporters and Friends", accessed April 15, 2008.
  10. ^ Javers, Eamon. "A Columnist Backed by Monsanto", BusinessWeek, 13 January 2006.
  11. ^ Joseph M. Giglio Hudson Institute Biography.
  12. ^ Robert H. McKinney Hudson Institute Biography.
  13. ^ Max Singer Hudson Institute Biography.
  14. ^ Walter P. Stern Hudson Institute Biography.
  15. ^ Allan R. Tessler Hudson Institute Biography.
  16. ^ John Walters Hudson Institute Biography
  17. ^ Curtin Winsor Hudson Institute Biography.

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