Agricultural Insurance in Developing Contexts

Given that we don't post very often, people who come to this page may have rightly concluded that we have lots of other things going on. Indeed. But we are, in fact, using Find Policy all the time for our own purposes. Right now we are working on an awareness campaign regarding agricultural insurance. So we need to understand what works in that field, and what doesn't. We don't want to reinvent the wheel, and when talking to the relevant government agency, we need to have a thorough understanding of the issue.

In such meetings it's beyond our control whether we are the smartest people in the room, and it's not our ambition in the first place. But it IS our ambition to be the best prepared people in the room, the ones that have done their homework.

Thus, the search:

The studies already give a great insight. Interested in other angles? Checkout the Public Policy search, focusing on big US think tanks. Tucked away under the More tab, there is search of all major donor agencies. Another set of rich pickings. And thus, in a few minutes, we have the information in hand to broadly understand the field, the major discussions, and be briefed up for our project.

Want to try it out? To search major development donors, for example, go here



Russia and Syria: the Latest Analysis

What to make of Russia's engagement in Syria? To sample opinions of leading think tanks, we check the Foreign Policy search page. 

"Russia Syria bombing" brings the best search results. ("Russia Syria" brings about almost anything that lists countries.) Toggle for date, and you have the latest analysis right there in your hands.

Try the search page here, follow us on Twitter and even better, let other people know about us. 

"End of Transition" - Finding this on Find Policy

Today a friend asked on whether post-Soviet transition was over. I thought it was, for a number of reasons. He then asked whether I had any reference, to substantiate the point. There will be plenty of scholarly references, but in addition, it's good to see what think tanks say. If the argument has been made in ways that are cogent for policy makers, this is a great point of reference.

And indeed, right there a result we can immediately use, from the Carnegie Endowment.  That's why Find Policy can be a great resource, when you are looking for quality sources on important issues. 

Any terms you are looking for? Try a search:

Attack in South-East Turkey | Access to Analysis

With the bomb attack in Suruc in South-East Turkey, the focus is on the complex relationship that Turkey has with the Syrian civil war, and also with its own Kurdish population that is affected by the Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq. Here, too, Find Policy gives fast access to expertise. On the Foreign Policy search page, the right search terms bring diverse results.

Toggling the date gives you the newest results. Additionally, the name of the town Suruc could have added current commentary.

Now you might be interested in experts on Kurdistan as well, potentially to reach out to them for interviews. Four US experts, there also is a dedicated search page. Type in "Kurdish" and you'll see some of the experts in leading US think tanks. (A similar search for UK experts – whose web biographies alas are less detailed – returns only one result.)

To do your own search on foreign policy, go here, and on US experts right here.

#IranDeal – Getting the Best Think Tank Analysis

How do you get the newest and best research from think tanks? This is of particular interest when situations are evolving quickly, such as with the financial crisis in Greece, or yesterday's deal with Iran.

For these occasions, too, Find Policy can get your great results, quickly. Go to the search page focusing on leading Foreign Policy think tanks, and start your search. Two simple tricks will get you the best results.

First, add one current hotspot as a negative search term, by putting a minus-sign in front of it. So here we added -Greece, to make sure we don't just get the daily news roundup. Then, in the search results, toggle to sort by Date.


And thus you get great results. From the Wilson Center, from the Council for Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Endowment, and so on. Even with Twitter, this is probably the single fastest way you can get quality research at a glance.

To try your own search, go to the Foreign Policy search page.

Michael Lewis, IEX, and search

Michael Lewis last week wrote an interesting and entertaining piece on the occupational hazard of a Wall Street career. If you have not seen it, it is here

Lewis points out that Wall Street, while eager to disrupt other industries, is not so pleased to be disrupted itself. In particular, he suggests that Wall Street is fighting a new kind of stock market, IEX, that would make the stock market more effective and efficient, but less lucrative for Wall Street banks. 

So what do think tanks have to say on this? Are they taking sides on the issue? Find Policy shows that the issue is not yet mainstream there, with only three results. 

Search results for IEX

Yet the piece it finds is useful, with a lively debate in the comments. To try this search yourself, head over here