Celebrating 20 Years of the Baker Institute

The 20th Anniversary of Rice University's Baker Institute | Addressing the Challenges of the 21st Century

Twenty years ago, the Baker Institute was established to bring together scholars, statesmen and students to generate research that would impact the domestic and foreign policies of our nation. Today, the Baker Institute ranks 21st among think tanks in the United States. Globally, it is ranked the 13th best university-based think tank and 6th among energy research programs. Our nonpartisan policy research is disseminated to decision-makers around the world. As the institute begins its third decade, we will continue to shape and influence the formulation of public policy, bringing a compelling voice to our national dialogue.

To mark our 20th anniversary, the Baker Institute hosted a black-tie gala on Nov. 8, featuring a conversation with former President George W. Bush moderated by founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian. Honorary chair James A. Baker, III, delivered introductory remarks. 

On Nov. 9, the celebration continued with “Club Berlin,” a party with dancing, a DJ, caviar and a martini bar hosted by the Associate Roundtable, our young professionals group. Jenna Bush Hager and Henry Hager, the event's honorary chairs, were in attendance. 

Read more about our exciting lineup of 20th anniversary activities on the pages below.

Baker Institute 20th Anniversary Chairs | The Honorable Hushang Ansary and Mrs. Ansary

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Since our founding in 1993, the relationship between statesmen, scholars and students has been crucial to the work of the Baker Institute. “Scholars should learn firsthand from statesmen of the practical imperatives that impact policy,” says honorary chair James A. Baker, III. “Statesmen should hear logical and practical scholarly analyses of how to improve the work they do. Students will be enriched by participating in the dialogue.” As we look to the next 20 years and beyond, we remain committed to this critical dynamic, and to strengthening our role as a force for good in forging effective foreign and domestic public policies.


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