James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Since its founding in 1993, the James A. Baker
III Institute for Public Policy has established
itself as one of the leading nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the
country. In fact, the institute has been honored several times by the
University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, which
named it one of the top 40 think tanks in the United States from 2007 to 2010
and, in 2010, the 16th best university-affiliated think tank in the world.
An integral part of Rice University, one of the nation's most
distinguished institutions of higher education, the Baker Institute has a
strong track record of achievement based on the work of Rice faculty and the
institute's endowed fellows and scholars. They research domestic and foreign
policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice
of public policy. The institute also collaborates with experts from academia,
government, the media, business, and nongovernmental and private organizations.
It then provides the results of research programs and studies with
specific recommendations to those involved in the formulation and execution of
Located in Houston, Texas -- the nation's fourth-largest city,
the energy capital of the world, and a dynamic international business and
cultural center -- the Baker Institute brings a unique perspective to some of
the most challenging public policy issues of our time. In conjunction with its
more than 20 programs --including its research, speaking series, events and
special projects -- the institute attracts many domestic and foreign leaders
who provide their views and insights on key issues. The institute's
state-of-the-art telecommunications capabilities provide speakers with a broad
and diverse national and international audience.
The institute is located on the Rice University campus in
James A. Baker III Hall, which also houses the School of Social Sciences. The
Honorable James A. Baker III, the 61st secretary of state and 67th secretary of
the treasury, serves as the institute's honorary chair.
The Baker Institute's founding director, the Honorable Edward P.
Djerejian, is a career diplomat who has served as U.S. ambassador to
Israel and Syria and as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern
Visit the Baker Institute website for more information about the institute's research projects and published policy reports.