Rice annouces the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, an interdisciplinary center drawing together academic scholars, government policy makers and leaders in business, law and medicine. Named for former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, grandson of Captain James Baker, Rice’s 1st chairman of the Board of Trustees, Baker Institute conducts research on foreign and domestic policy issues and makes policy recommendations to those who formulate and carry out public policy in areas as diverse as conflict resolution, Latin American initiatives, public diplomacy and energy.

In FY2010 alone, the Baker Institute oversees 22 programs, teaches 59 classes, publishes 77 studies, holds 120 events, reaches 175 countries on the web and receives 107,255 hits to its website.

In 2010, the "Global Go-To Think Tanks" rankings place the Baker Institute 27th in the United Statues and 16th among university-affiliated think tanks worldwide. The following year, the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania ranks the Baker Insitute among the top 30 think tanks in the United States and among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks in the world.

In 2012 Baker Institute ranks 24th among all U.S. think tanks and 17th world-wide for university-based think tanks.

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