December was a veritable smorgasbord of top 10s of the decade, top 100 foreign policy intellectuals and what have you, but now that the new year is underway, it’s clear that there’s really only one list to be seen on: the Iranian government’s new blacklist of 60 external organisations that it’s banned its citzens from being in touch with.
Some of the organisations on the list are just as you’d expect: the Open Society Institute, Freedom House, or Human Rights Watch. Most of the big US think tanks are there, too: Brookings, Aspen, the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Enterprise Institute. The New America Foundation’s call for a grand bargain with Iran has pissed them off so much that they put it on the list twice.
But only one UK non-profit organisation has made the cut – step forward and take a bow, Wilton Park!
Full list here.