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Hudson Institute Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

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When the nuclear strategist and futurist Herman Kahn, with Max Singer and Oscar Ruebhausen, founded Hudson Institute in 1961, they had a grand and powerful vision for the burgeoning think tank. In the short term, Kahn hoped that the Institute would help “to raise the level of debate” over critical issues affecting national security and international order.  


Under Kahn’s leadership, Hudson Institute became a research organization of national and global significance. Hudson emerged as a think tank that would tackle policy problems of the present while looking over the horizon for gathering storms and possible solutions.  


Herman Kahn’s wisdom has guided Hudson for fifty years. We remain dedicated to Kahn’s vision, which questions the conventional wisdom and focuses on the longer term through careful and comprehensive analyses. 


To commemorate this historic anniversary in 2011, Hudson Institute is holding monthly future-oriented seminars on the important issues of the day as well as special fiftieth-anniversary gala dinners in New York and Washington. These and other programs will help us launch the next half century of Hudson research promoting security, prosperity, and freedom. 


Listing of 50th anniversary seminars:

How Necessary is Christianity to European Identity? January 26

Egypt, Its Revolution and the Future: How Should the U.S. Respond? February 8

The Rumsfeld Era at the Pentagon: Inside Perspectives. March 29

Global Philanthropy: Skating to Where the Puck is Going to Be. May 12

The Future of U.S.-Pakistani Relations: A Troubled Foreign Policy Relationship. May 17

Identity, Democracy, and the Nation-State. June 2

Book Forum on History of the Future: The Shape of the World to Come Is Visible Today. July 18