About Think Tanks: The Mission and Impact of the World's Leading Think Tanks
One of the recommendations that emerged from the G20 Foreign Policy Think Tank Summit in June of 2012 was a strong interest in developing an online platform that would enable the continual exchange of ideas and facilitate collaborative efforts among think tanks around the world. The underlying objective of this recommendation was to increase the profile and performance of think tanks by sharing the best practices for think tank research, management, resource mobilization and external relations of the leading think tanks in the world.
As the first step in a larger initiative to advance conversation between policy research, analysis and engagement institutions, the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program is creating an online directory featuring the organizational profiles of the world’s top think tanks. The profiles will take the form of power point presentations that many organizations have developed for internal (new staff orientation) or external (fundraising and external relations) purposes.
It is our belief that bridges between policy research institutions and their analysts and scholars can be formed at many levels that often transcend academic disciplines and national and political boundaries. We are convinced that by presenting the diversity of programs and organizational models in a variety of local, national and global contexts we can facilitate the exchange of information and best practices among think tanks and policy oriented NGOs around the world.
Función Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE)
Es una institución privada sin fines de lucro dedicada a:
a) Formular propuestas innovadoras de naturaleza estratégica y coyuntural sobre temas relevantes para la República Dominicana.
b) Analizar y establecer la influencia de los fenómenos globales en el desarrollo nacional.
c) Contribuir a la elaboración de políticas públicas cruciales para la gobernabilidad democrática y el desarrollo sostenible de la República Dominicana.
d) Fomentar la creación y la promoción de actividades artísticas y culturales.
Hanns Seidel Stiftung
Hanns Seidel Stiftung
Since it was established on 11 April 1967, the Hanns Seidel Foundation has been carrying out political educational work with the aim of promoting the "democratic and civic education of the German people based on Christian principles", as stated in the foundation's statutes. Consequently, the political education work of the Hanns Seidel Foundation is based on an image of man that includes both the unrestricted development of personality and autonomy as well as social responsibility and solidarity. Today, this mission is more relevant than ever, in view of the increasing demand for more personal responsibility, for a "culture of self-reliance" and an "active civil society" which are so characteristic of our times.
The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI)
HESPI’s work in Somalia and South Sudan is to: (i) provide analytical work in both countries which has been instrumental in focusing the respective governments and their development partners on the importance of rebuilding financial integrity; (ii)Support the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in drafting the first budget in two decades, and updating required fiscal legislation in 2009. As a result of HESPI’s comprehensive study and assessment of the financial sector in South Sudan, this provided an impetus of licensing of several private banks.
The Hungarian Institute of International Affairs
The HIIA was established as a background support institution to the MFA “to strengthen the academic background of foreign policy analysis and strategic planning”.
The basic function of the HIIA is to conduct academic research, provide education and training as well as the dissemination of knowledge on international relations, global trends, European integration, issues of interest in the focus of Hungarian foreign policy, etc.
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) is a non-partisan, autonomous body dedicated to objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security. Its mission is to promote national and international security through the generation and dissemination of knowledge on defence and security-related issues. The core values that serve as IDSA’s guiding principles are:
- Integrity and Honesty
- Pursuit of excellence
- Innovation and Creativity
IDSA has a well-qualified multi-disciplinary research faculty drawn from academia, defence forces and the civil services, representing a diversity of views. Research at the Institute is driven by a comprehensive agenda and by the need to provide impartial analyses and policy recommendations. IDSA’s journals, monographs, briefs, and books are the principal mediums through which these analyses and policy recommendations are disseminated. In addition, the news media also carry the views of IDSA experts in the form of op-eds, interviews and participation in debates.
The French Institute of International Relations (Ifri)
Founded in 1979 on the model of Anglo-Saxon think thanks, Ifri is the principal institution for independent research and debate in France that is dedicated to the analysis of international affairs and global governance.
Ifri’s policy-oriented research strives to illuminate international events and put them in perspective. It is primarily useful for political and economic decision-makers as well as academics, opinion leaders, and civil society representatives.
Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)
IMEMO has been founded by the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Institute is a non-profit organization which acts within the Charter of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Principles of Activities
The mission of the Institute is the elaboration of a reliable analytical basis for political decision-making. The Institute cooperates with federal and regional government bodies, mass media, major public and private companies. In its research, IMEMO takes an independent and uncommitted position.
IMEMO also takes an active part in:
- expert consulting on legislation, government policies, entrepreneurial strategies;
- world market research;
- consulting of Russian administrative and executive bodies;
- organizing and holding conferences and workshops, carrying out international study projects, maintaining links with international and foreign research institutions.
Israel's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
The Institute for National Security Studies launches and engages in innovative, relevant, high-quality research that shapes the public discourse of issues on Israel's national security agenda, and provides policy analysis and recommendations to decision makers, public leaders, and the strategic community, both in Israel and abroad. As part of its mission, it is committed to encourage new ways of thinking and expand the traditional contours of establishment analysis.
Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)
The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) is an independent think tank serving as a resource for government officials, business executives, journalists, civil servants, students and the all wishing to better understand international issues. Founded in Milan in 1934, ISPI approach international affairs in a sound pragmatic manner, monitoring geopolitical areas as well as major global trends. Comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis is ensured by close collaboration with specialists, academic and non-academic, in political, economic, legal, historical and strategic studies and an ever-growing network of think tanks, research centers and universities in Europe and abroad.
The Institute’s activities branch out in four major directions:
- producing reports with original research and policy prescriptions on central international topics;
- providing up-to-date information and insights on world events and Italy/Europe’s perspectives through its website and online publications;
- convening meetings at its headquarters in Milan, as well as in Rome and other cities, where policymakers, business leaders, and high-level thinkers join ISPI’s experts to discuss major international issues;
- raining the future generations of Italian diplomats and professionals of governmental and non-governmental international organizations.
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation. In Germany, 16 regional offices and two conference centers offer a wide variety of civic education conferences and events. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The foundation’s headquarters are situated in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, and also in Berlin. There, an additional conference center, named “The Academy”, was opened in 1998.
We are proud to bear the name of Konrad Adenauer. The first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany’s name and principles are our guidelines, duty, and obligation. Established in 1955 as “Society for Christian-Democratic Civic Education”, the Foundation took on the name of the first Federal Chancellor in 1964.
At home as well as abroad, our civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. We focus on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as on development cooperation.
As a think-tank and consulting agency, our soundly researched scientific fundamental concepts and current analyses are meant to offer a basis for possible political action. The Berlin Academy is the national forum of dialogue between the spheres of politics, economy, science, and society.
Kiel Institute for the World Economy
The Kiel Institute is one of the major centers for
● research in global economic affairs
● economic policy advice and
● economic education
The Institute regards research into potentially innovative solutions to urgent problems of the world economy as its main task. On the basis of this research work, it advises decisiontakers in politics, the economy and society, and keeps the interested public informed on important matters of economic policy.
As a portal to world economic research, it manages a broadly cast network of national and international experts, whose research work flows directly or indirectly into the Kiel Institute‘s research and advisory activities.
The Kiel Institute attaches particular value to economic education and further training and closely co-operates with the world‘s largest library in the economic and social sciences.
Namibia Institute for Democracy
The Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID), founded in 1991, implements a range of civic education, civil society development, socio-political survey and research and anti-corruption programs in Namibia. Funded by a variety of donors, these programs all aim to strengthen civil society and the public’s capacity to interact with government at all levels in an informed manner, to strengthen democratic institutions, and to provide opportunities for the exchange of public opinion and the support of public debate. In this process, the NID consults with the government, civil society, interest groups, political parties, the media, institutional authorities and private citizens in the design and implementation of its programs.
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs has around 80 employees, including part-time positions and guest researchers. The institute is organised in six research groups that reflect our thematic core competences, and in addition the Administration department and the Communications department.
Peace Research Institute Oslo
Founded in 1959, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is an independent research institution known for its effective synergy of basic and policy-relevant research. In addition to such research, PRIO conducts graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policymaking activities. The Institute’s working language is English.
RAND's research and analysis addresses issues that impact people around the world including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Much of this research is carried out on behalf of public and private grantors and clients.
Razumkov Centre is a non-governmental think tank founded in 1994. It carries out research of public policy in the following spheres:
- domestic policy;
- state administration;
- economic policy;
- land relations;
- foreign policy;
- social policy;
- international and regional security;
- national security and defence.
Razumkov Centre united experts in the fields of economy, energy, law, political sciences, international relations, military security, land relations, sociology, history and philosophy. The Centre has about 35 full-time employees, and over 100 persons work on contractual basis. The Ukrainian-wide public opinion polls of Razumkov Centre Sociological Service are carried out by over 300 interviewers.
Regional Center for Strategic Studies
The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) is a South Asian regional think tank, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Established in 1993, it is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization which encourages research, dialogue, and deliberation on a broad range of conventional and non-conventional sources of conflict. The RCSS enables scholars and other professionals to address, individually and collectively, problems and issues of topical interest for all South Asian countries. It strives to be a leading regional institute that initiates, coordinates and supports research and learning on South Asian strategic and security issues.
RCSS has several key objectives. These are:
- To sponsor, coordinate, and support research on South Asianstrategic, security, and environmental issues.
- To promote interaction among scholars and professionals inthe region and beyond who are engaged in South Asianstudies.
- To foster linkages and collaboration among institutionsfocusing on studies and activities related to conflict, conflicttransformation, and regional cooperation in South Asia.
- To encourage a new generation of analysts and commenta-tors to generate fresh ideas and perspectives on the securitydiscourse in the region.
The activities of the RCSS are planned, designed and implemented under the supervision of the International Research Committee (IRC), drawn from South Asian countries and outside the region while the administrative and financial matters are overseen by the Board of Directors of RCSS.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. Based in Stockholm, SIPRI also has a presence in Beijing, and is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide.
Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales
Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales
The Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) is a private, non-profit, academic institution. The Council seeks to study and conduct analysis on the political, economic, cultural, and social dimensions of international relations.
Established on June 15, 1978, CARI's goal is to provide a setting and an environment in which to study and discuss international problems as they relate to Argentina. Acting as a link between Argentina and the world, CARI takes a unique, multidisciplinary approach to the study of international relations. The Council's goal is to work towards peace and the development of mankind through closer international ties and a greater mutual understanding.
Le Centre d’Etudes et de Renforcement des Capacités d’Analyse et de Plaidoyer (CERCAP)
Le Centre d’Etudes et de Renforcement des Capacités d’Analyse et de Plaidoyer (CERCAP) est un centre d’analyse de politiques et de plaidoyer. C’est une initiative du Gouvernement du Mali appuyée par la Fondation pour le Renforcement des Capacités en Afrique (ACBF).
Le Centre vient d’entamer sa deuxième phase dont le but est de renforcer les capacités de l’Administration, du Secteur privé et des organisations faîtières de la société civile en vue de la mise en œuvre efficace de la Stratégie de Croissance Accélérée (SCA), de la stratégie de réduction de la pauvreté et des autres efforts de développement du pays. Ce but sera atteint à travers trois objectifs spécifiques du Centre qui sont :
- renforcer les capacités institutionnelles et humaines du CERCAP pour lui permettre de réaliser des travaux d’études et de recherche de qualité, en appui aux processus de prise de décisions ;
- renforcer les capacités humaines de l’Administration publique pour qu’elle coordonne et suive la mise en œuvre de la Stratégie de Réduction de la Pauvreté et de la SCA;
- contribuer au renforcement du dialogue entre l’Administration et les acteurs non- étatiques.