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Founded in 1993, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has established itself as one of the premier nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country. The institute ranks 9th among university-affiliated think tanks worldwide, 18th among U.S. think tanks and fourth among energy and resource think tanks, according to a 2014 study by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

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In conjunction with its research programs, the institute attracts many domestic and foreign leaders who present their bipartisan views and insights on major issues. Speakers have included U.S. presidents and cabinet members, world leaders and heads of government, and foreign dignitaries from around the globe. Many events are open to the public without charge. There's no better way to become informed about the most current events of our time. For more information and to register, see our upcoming events calendar

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The institute collaborates with experts from academia, government, the media, business, and nongovernmental and private organizations to produce research publications on a range of social issues, including energy, health, conflict resolution, science and technology, tax and expenditure policy, and Latin America and Asia studies.

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