2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

Director’s Welcome to the Launch of the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Lauder Institute
University of Pennsylvania

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January 29, 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am pleased to share with you the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index which was formally released yesterday. You are free to post and circulate the link to the report to the individuals and institutions in your network: http://repository.upenn.edu/think_tanks/10/

The report was launched in Washington, DC, (World Bank and Wilson Center), Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania) and in New York (United Nations). In addition 107 think tanks and policy oriented organizations in 70 cities and 60 countries worldwide organized and hosted launch events (see list below). The report has been translated into more than 20 languages by our global partners.

The theme for this year’s launch is “Why Think Tanks Matter to Policy Makers and the Public”. While recent think tank growth has been nothing short of explosive, the relationship between these organizations and the policy making process is not completely understood. The Think Tank Launch Events on January 27th and 28th provided concrete examples of the research and educational programs produced by these institutions and how it serves policy makers and the public.

2015 GLOBAL GO TO THINK TANK INDEX LAUNCH

Program I.

Why Think Tanks Matter: Helping Make People Centered Public Policy & Development a Priority

At The World Bank  1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433  January 27, 2016, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

  1. Introduction, Overview and Highlights: the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index by  James McGann, Director (TTCSP)
  2. Why Think Tanks Matter and Make a Difference in Washington

Chair:  Marcelo Giugale, Senior Adviser to the Vice President of our Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Global Practice Cluster., World Bank (United States)  Panelists Panelists:

  • Gountiéni D. Lankoandé, Director of Research, GRAAD (Burkina Faso)
  • Melissa Leach, Director, The Institute of Development Studies (United Kingdom)
  • Amadou Sy, Director, Africa Growth Imitative, Brookings
  • Jos Verbeek, Adviser in the Office of the President’s Special Envoy on the MDGs/SDGs and Financial Development, World Bank (United States)

III. Concluding Remarks: James McGann

[1] *A panel of think tanks and global policy makers will present and discuss the role think tanks have played in helping shape and advance people centered develop around the world with a special emphasis on the implementation of the SDGs.

 

Program II. 

Why Think Tanks Matter to Policy Makers and the Public in the US: Policy: Research with Rigor, Relevance and Reach

At the Wilson Center 

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20004-2027

January 27, 2016, 3:00pm-4:30pm

  1. Welcome: Jane Harman, President and CEO, Wilson Center
  2. Introduction, Overview and Highlights: the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index by James McGann, Director (TTCSP)  III. Why Think Tanks Matter and Make a Difference in Washington

Chair: TBC  Panelists:

  • Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (United States)
  • Ted Gayer, Vice President of Economic Studies, Brookings Institution (United States)
  • Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (United States)
  • Erika Poethig, Institute Fellow and Director of Urban Policy Initiatives, Urban Institute (United States)
  • Kenneth Weinstein, President, Hudson Institute
  • Andrew Schwartz, Senior Vice President for External Relations, Center for Strategic and International Studies (United States)
  1. Q & A  V. Concluding Remarks: James McGann

[1] *A panel of think tanks and global policy makers will present and discuss the role think tanks have played in helping inform the debate on key policy issues in the US.

Program III.

Global Cities as Centers of Commerce, Education and Policy: The Philadelphia Story 

At the University of Pennsylvania  Room 350, Steinberg Hall Dietrich Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304  January 28, 2016, 9:30am-11:00am  I. Welcome: Mauro Guillen, Director, Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania  II. Introduction, Overview and Highlights: the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index by  James McGann, Director (TTCSP)  III. Global Cities: The Philadelphia Story  Chair: Amy Gadsden, Executive Director, Penn Global  Panelists:

  • Peter S. Longstreth, President, Philadelphia Consular Corps Association (Connecting Philadelphia to the World)
  • Alan Luxenburg, President, Foreign Policy Research Insitute, (Connecting Philadelphia to the World of Policy)
  • John F. Smith III, Reed Smitth LLP Board Chair, Global Philadelphia Association
  • William Burke White, Director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania (Connecting Penn to the World)
  1. Q&A Moderator: Michael Horowitz,Associate Director, Perry World House  V. Concluding Remarks: James McGann

[1] *A panel of think tanks and global oriented NGOs will present and discuss how Philadelphia is a hub for innovation in education, commerce and public policy.

Program IV.

Why Think Tanks Matter to Policy Makers and the Public: Getting to Yes on Arms Control, Trade, Development (SDGs) and the Environment (COP21)[1] 

  • At the United Nations  46th Street and 1st Avenue, New York, New York 10017  January 28, 2016, 3:00pm – 4:30pm I. Welcome: Amr Nour, Director Regional Commissions New York Office, United Nations (United States)  II. Introduction, Overview and Highlights: the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index by James McGann, Director (TTCSP)  Chair: Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Panelists:

  • Steve Del Rosso, Director, International Peace & Security Program, Carnegie (United States)
  • Jackson Ewing, Director of Asian Sustainability, Asia Policy Society (United States)
  • Kareena Gore, Union Seminary (United States) (TBC)
  • Amr Nour, Director Regional Commissions New York Office, United Nations (United States)

III. Concluding Remarks: James McGann

[4] *A panel of think tanks and global policy makers will present and discuss the role think tanks have played in getting to Yes on key global policy issues.

 

List of Global Host and Partners for the 2015 Global Go to Launch and Why Think Tanks Matter Events

List of Global Hosts and Partners (Alphabetical by Country as of January 19, 2016)

  1. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (Afghanistan)
  2. Argentine Council for International Relations (Argentina)
  3. Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) (Argentina)
  4. Australian Institute of International Affairs (Australia)
  5. Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Australia)
  6. Institute for Economics and Peace (Australia)
  7. Security and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University (Australia)
  8. Centre for Economic and Social Development (Azerbaijan)
  9. Bruegel (Belgium)
  10. Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil)
  11. Groupe de Recherche et d’Analyse Appliqués pour le Développement (GRAAD-Burkina) (Burkina Faso)
  12. The Fraser Institute (Canada)
  13. Centro de Estudios Publicos (Chile)
  14. Center for China and Globalization (China)
  15. Charhar Institute (China)
  16. Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University (China)
  17. Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) (China)
  18. Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (China)
  19. Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche sur les Analyses et politiques Economiques (CERAPE) (Congo)
  20. EUROPEUM (Czech Republic)
  21. Prague Security Studies Institute (Czech Republic)
  22. Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo – FUNGLODE (Dominican Republic)
  23. Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (Egypt)
  24. Regional Center for Strategic Studies (Egypt)
  25. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Ethiopia)
  26. Institute of International and Strategic Relations (France)
  27. Ecologic Institute (Germany)
  28. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Germany)
  29. German Development Institute (Germany)
  30. IASS Potsdam (Germany)
  31. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany)
  32. Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales (ASIES) (Guatemala)
  33. Centro de Estudios Económico-Sociales (CEES) (Guatemala)
  34. Development Alternatives (India)
  35. Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations (India)
  36. Integrated Research and Action for Development IRADe (India)
  37. Observer Research Foundation (India)
  38. Middle East Research Institute (Iraq)
  39. Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) (Ireland)
  40. Institute for National Security Studies (Israel)
  41. Israel Democracy Institute (Israel)
  42. Institute for International Political Studies (Italy)
  43. Asian Development Bank Institute (Japan)
  44. Japan Institute of International Affairs (Japan)
  45. Center for Strategic Studies (Jordan)
  46. African Economic Research Consortium (Kenya)
  47. Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) (Kenya)
  48. National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyztan)
  49. Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) (Latvia)
  50. American University of Beirut (Lebanon)
  51. Carnegie Middle East Center (Lebanon) (TBC)
  52. Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Malaysia)
  53. Ethos Public Policy Lab (Mexico)
  54. Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) (Mexico)
  55. OCP Policy Center (Morocco)
  56. Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (Morocco)
  57. Development Research and Project Centre (Nigeria)
  58. University of Ibadan Think Tank Forum (Nigeria)
  59. Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Norway)
  60. Alternate Solutions Institute (Pakistan)
  61. Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (Pakistan)
  62. Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan)
  63. Group for the Analysis of Development- GRADE (Peru)
  64. Asian Development Bank (Philippines)
  65. Asian Institute of Management Policy Center (Philippines)
  66. Philippine Institute for Development Studies (Philippines)
  67. Polish Institute of International Affairs (Poland)
  68. Al Jazeera Center for Studies (Qatar)
  69. Carnegie Moscow Center (Russia)
  70. Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Senegal)
  71. Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore)
  72. Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kwan School of Public Policy (Singapore)
  73. Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kwan School of Public Policy (Singapore)
  74. Institute of Water Policy Lee Kwan School of Public Policy (Singapore)
  75. ACCORD (South Africa)
  76. Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (Spain)
  77. Fundación Alternativas (Spain)
  78. Timbro (Sweden)
  79. Policy Research for Development (REPOA) (Tanzania)
  80. Association for Liberal Thinking (Turkey)
  81. Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (Turkey)
  82. Center for Leadership, Suleyman Demirel University (Turkey)
  83. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research (UAE)
  84. Razumkov Centre (Ukraine)
  85. Adam Smith Institute (UK)
  86. European Council on Foreign Relations (UK)
  87. Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo (Uruguay)
  88. Asia Society Policy Institute (USA)
  89. Brookings Institution (USA)
  90. Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (USA)
  91. Center for Strategic and International Studies (USA)
  92. Chicago Council on Global Affairs (USA)
  93. Fels Center of Government (USA)
  94. Foreign Policy Research Institute (USA)
  95. Hudson Institute (USA)
  96. Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  97. Pacific Council on International Policy (USA)
  98. Penn Global, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  99. Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  100. Philadelphia Diplomatic Corps (USA)
  101. Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy (USA)
  102. Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  103. United Nations (USA)
  104. Wilson Center (USA)
  105. World Bank (USA)
  106. CEDICE Libertad (Venezuela)
  107. African Capacity Building Foundation (Zimbabwe)