Think tanks help policymakers and the public to make informed decisions about public policy. They are a public-policy inquiry, study and engagement organizations that produce policy-oriented research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues. According to 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report done by The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, here are the top ten think tanks in the world.
Brookings Institution (United States):
This American research group founded in 1916 on Think Tank Row in Washington, D.C has been topping the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report since 2008. Their primary focus is to “provide innovative and practical recommendations that advance three broad goals strengthen American democracy, foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans, and secure a more open, safe, prosperous, and cooperative international system.”
French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) (France):
Based in Paris, France, French Institute of International Relations is a think tank devoted to international affairs. IFRI is often rank as one of the most influential think tanks in the world. IFRI focuses on gathering decision-makers and researchers to generate research and debate on major contemporary international issues.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (United States):
CEIP is a foreign-policy think tank that has centres in Washington D.C., Moscow, Beirut, Beijing, Brussels, and New Delhi. CEIP defines itself as being devoted to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.
Based in Brussels Bruegel focuses on policy research on economic issues. This organisation conducts research in five different focus areas with the aim of improving economic debate and policy-making.
Center for Strategic and International Studies (United States):
Based in Washington, D.C., Center for Strategic and International Studies carries policy studies and strategic analyses of political, economic and security issues throughout the world. They especially focus on issues concerning international relations, trade, technology, finance, energy and geostrategy. It is ranked the number one think tank in the world for “Top Defense and National Security Think Tanks”.
Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV):
Based in Brazilian, FGV is ranked as the best think tank in Latin America. Its mission is “To stimulate Brazil’s socioeconomic development”. Its primary goal was to prepare qualified people to work in public and private administration in Brazil.
Chatham House (United Kingdom):
Based in London, Chatham House has been ranked as the best think tank many times. It is one of the most influential think tanks in the world. Its mission is to analyse and promote the understanding of major international issues and current affairs.
Heritage Foundation (United States):
The Heritage Foundation is one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C, Heritage Foundation mainly focuses on public policy.
RAND Corporation (United States):
Research And Development or RAND Corporation was created to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces. It has grown to assist other governments, international organizations, private companies and foundations, with a bunch of defence and non-defence issues, including healthcare. RAND’s purpose is to solve interdisciplinary and quantitative problems by explaining theoretical concepts from formal economics and the physical sciences.
International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) (United Kingdom):
The British research institute is based in London and has been focusing on the area of international affairs since 1997. Their subject of research includes armed conflict, future conflict and cybersecurity, defence and military Analysis, economic and energy security, geo-economics and strategy, non-proliferation and nuclear policy, security and development.