Friday, September 29, 2006

Indonesia Think Tanks = Corporations' Quiet Weapon

Do you know how many think tanks in town? Well, this is a very lucrative business, at least in the last few years, thanks to reform movement. How they generate businesses? How business groups quitely deploy think tanks as weapons whenever their interests ruined? Which group owns what think tank? Which ones are stinky tanks?

The think tanks normally provide analyses, TV advertising, frame the debates, polling and academic studies that add an air of authority to corporate arguments. They organize events such as press conference, seminars, book review etc at luxury hotels. Nobody knows how these groups collect the tax-deductible contributions from major corporations, yet people quoted them as 'independent analyst'.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

He he he
I once had a very rare chance to meet one staff of these "think-tank-that called-themselves-independent analyst" as you referred herein - introduced by a friend. Not that "independent" apparently. Depends "on the mission". And they work like guerillas... inspired by Perdjoeangan '45 perhaps?

September 29, 2006 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's be clear. A think-tank like CSIS, is what you referred to? Or something like Van Zorge? Or like LSI -- there are two of them: one organized by Denny JA; one by Saiful ... which one?

September 29, 2006 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Stinky tanks?"
Which one....heh?

October 01, 2006 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"think-thanks" always has interest lah ...
as long as they don't sacrifice the objective of any organisation who use them ...

November 02, 2006 11:14 AM  

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