Last updated on May 29th, 2021 at 07:12 pm
Founded in 1973, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. In 2017, for the fourth year in a row, the Belfer Center was ranked the world’s #1 University Affiliated Think Tank by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.
Funded by / Ownership
The Belfer Center does not clearly state ownership or funding and thereby lacks transparency in this regard.
Analysis / Bias
The Belfer Center is a think tank that promotes international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. The website features research and analysis that holds a left-center bias, such as this Permafrost Carbon Feedbacks Threaten Global Climate Goals. Other stories focus on the positives of immigration, such as these Three Notable Immigrants Who Served Their Adoptive Land and this covering LBGT rights Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power on Making LGBT Rights Universally Respected Human Rights. All stories reviewed are properly sourced.
In general, The Belfer Center is a pro-science source that leans left politically.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Left-Center Biased based on political policy positions aligned with the moderate left. We also rate them High in factual reporting based on proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 5/13/2017) Updated (5/29/2021)