2013 Global Think Tank Index Released at World Bank in DC

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Brookings Remains Top Global Think Thank

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania released its seventh annual 2013 Global Go To Think Tanks Report yesterday, the most comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks at a morning press conference in Washington DC, hosted by the World Bank.

The Index has become the gold standard for think tanks around the world and is widely cited by governments, donors, journals and policymakers as the foremost profile and performance of think tanks in every region of the world. To complement this global expansion, regional events took place in over 30 global cities to announce the report, which was translated into 13 languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.

“In the world filled with tweets and sound bites that are often superficial and politically charged, it is critical to know where to turn for sound policy proposals that address the complex policy issues that policymakers and the public face,” says James McGann, PhD, Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. “This Index is designed to help identify and recognize the leading centers of excellence in public policy research around the world.”

The report is compiled with assistance from over 1,500 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions, and governments around the world and ranks the top 150 global think tanks across four general categories:

  •     Top Think Tanks in the World
  •     Top Think Tanks by Region
  •     Top Think Tanks by Area of Research
  •     Top Think Tanks by Special Achievement

The Brookings Institution ranked top of the Global Think Tank list for the sixth consecutive year. Following is a selection of rankings, but the full report can be found online at http://gotothinktank.com/dev1/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/GoToReport2013_Final.pdf. A short video introducing this year’s Index is available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H7TrPYeR64.

Top Think Tanks World Wide – US and Non US
1. Brookings Institution (United States)
2. Chatham House (United Kingdom)
3. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (United States)
4. Center for Strategic and International Studies (United States)
5. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (Sweden)

Top Defense and National Security Think Tanks
1. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (United States)
2. RAND Corporation (United States)
3. International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) (United Kingdom)
4. Brookings Institution (United States)
5. Chatham House (CH) (United Kingdom)

Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks
1. Brookings Institution (United States)
2. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (United States)
3. Chatham House (CH) (United Kingdom)
4. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) (United States)
5. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (United States)

Best New Think Tank
1. Instituto PVBLICA (Brazil)
2. Russian Council on International Affairs (RSMD) (Russia)
3. Centre Africain des Etudes Asiatiques (CAEA) (Morocco)

McGann presented the Report at the World Bank and participated in a discussion with Warren Krafdink, Director of the International Budget Partnership and Jeff Thindwa, Manager of the Social Accountability Practice at the World Bank Institute.

“Our partnerships with civil society and non-government organizations and think tanks located around the world have made this Index possible and the most comprehensive yet,” says McGann. “This Report helps bring some much needed attention to the leading think tanks in each region and illustrates the important role think tanks play in governments and civil societies around world.”

About UPENN’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP)
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. TTCSP was established in 1989. The Program maintains a database and network of over 6,600 think tanks in 152 countries. Often referred to as the “think tanks’ think tank,” TTCSP examines the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations. The Index is supported by UPENN’s School of Arts & Sciences, International Relations Program, PennGlobal and the Lauder Institute at the Wharton School. To learn more, please visit http://www.gotothinktank.com. Media inquiries can be made to Allison Bozniak at abozniak(at)lincolnparkpr(dot)com.

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