Belfer Center Ranked #1 University-Affiliated Think Tank in World
2011 Global Go To Think Tank Index Also Ranks Center High in Security and International Relations
January 19, 2012
The Belfer Center has been ranked No. 1 university-affiliated think tank in the world in the 2011 Global Go To Think Tank Index.
The Index, coordinated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, is the culmination of an eight-month process involving more than 1500 scholars, journalists, experts in numerous research categories, and organizations from around the globe.
The Belfer Center received high rankings in two other categories as well: 17th best in security and international relations globally and 25th best think tank overall in the United States. The Center was ranked #2 in university-affiliated think tanks in 2010.
“We are very pleased that the Penn survey has acknowledged the impact of the Belfer Center and other university-based think tanks,” said Graham Allison, director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. “And we are especially proud to be recognized for engaging policy makers effectively in our core areas of security and international relations.”
Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development ranked third in the world among university-affiliated think tanks and 19th in the U.S. overall ratings of think tanks.
James McGann, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at Penn, has studied think tanks for 25 years, and has produced these rankings since 2007. His research identifies 6,545 think tanks in the world, including 1,912 in North America.
To read the full report and see the survey’s rankings in all 30 categories, click here.
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