2018 Global Go To Launch & Why Think Tanks Matter Events

On January 31st, 2019, Why Think Tanks Matter Events were hosted by 369 organizations in over 80 countries.

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to report that 369 organizations worldwide in over 80 countries hosted and organized Why Think Tanks Matter Events on January 31, 2019. The list of participating organizations is included at the bottom of the page. Fifty think tank presidents and chief executives attended a breakfast briefing at Center for Strategic and International Studies to explore how think tanks can help address the political polarization and policy paralysis that is gripping Washington and other capitals around the world. Over 60 think tank presidents senior vice presidents, and directors participated in the DC Program. This year we had two speakers from overseas join our panel in Washington, Thomas Gomart the Director of the French Institute of International Relations in France and Paolo Magri the Executive Vice President and Director of the Italian Institute of International Political Science in Italy.


Dr. James McGann
Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP)

Photo Courtesy of Samad Ismayilov

Photo Courtesy of Samad Ismayilov

Program from Washington, DC 2018 Global Go To Index Launch

Global Go To Launch

Thomas Gomart, Director of the French Institute of International Relations
Paolo Magri, Executive Vice President and Director of the Italian Institute of International Political Science
Paul Salem, President of the Middle East Institute
Peter Goettler, President of CATO
Sarah Rosen Wartell, President of the Urban Institute
Kenneth Weinstein, President and CEO of the Hudson Institute

John Allen, is the President of The Brookings Institution

Presidents’ Breakfast

William Burns, President of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
John Hamre, President and CEO of Center for Strategic and International Studies
Nancy Lindborg, President of United States Institute of Peace

John Hamre, President and CEO of Center for Strategic and International Studies (Host & Chair)
James G. McGann, Director of Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania (Introduction)

Participating Organizations by Region


Africa Worldwide Group Think Tank (Senegal)

African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes - ACCORD (South Africa)

African Economic Research Consortium - AERC (Kenya)

African Population and Health Research Center (Kenya)

Central African Centre for Libertarian Thought and Action - CACLiTA (Cameroon)

Centre d'Etudes pour l'Action Sociale/Research Center for Social Action - CEPAS (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Centre d'Etudes, de Documentation et de Recherche Economiques et Sociales - CEDRES (Burkina Faso)

Centre de Recherche et d'Action pour la Paix (CERAP) (Ivory Coast)

Centre for Democracy and Development (Nigeria)

Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa - CSEA (Nigeria)

Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques et Sociales - CIRES (Ivory Coast)

Eastern Africa Policy Center (Kenya)

Ethiopian Development Research Institute (Ethiopia)

Freetown City Council (Sierra Leone)

Institute for Governance Reform (Sierra Leone)

Institute for Somali Studies (ISOS) (Somalia)

International Growth Centre (Sierra Leone)

Liberty and Policy Innovations (ILAPI) (Ghana)

Mano River Union (Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

Nkafu Policy Institute- Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation (Cameroon)

Research on Poverty Alleviation - REPOA (Tanzania)

Rokel Commercial Bank (Sierra Leone)

Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (Sierra Leone)

Swaziland Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre - SEPARC (Swaziland)


Administration of the Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman Office)  (Azerbaijan)

Afghanistan Analysts Network (Afghanistan)

Afghanistan Civil Society Forum Organisation (Afghanistan)

Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (Afghanistan)

Afghanistan Research & Evaluation Unit (Afghanistan)

Allahabad High Court (India)

Allahabad Museum (India)

Allahabad University (India)

Afghanistan Research & Evaluation Unit - AREU (Afghanistan)

AMBERD Research Center of Armenian State University of Economics (Armenia)

Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs – AIISA (Armenia)

Asia Centre Bangalore (India)

Asia Competitiveness Institute LKYSPP (Singapore)

Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network (Thailand)

Asian Development Bank Institute (Japan)

Azerbaijan Republic, Strategic Studies Center (Azerbaijan)

Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre (China)

Britannia Industries Ltd. (India)

Business and Professional Federation of Hong Kong (China)

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy (China)

Caucasus Research Resource Center (Armenia)

Center for China and Globalization (China)

Center for Economic and Social Development (Azerbaijan)

Centre for Asian Studies (China)

Centre for South and South East Asian Studies, University of Madras (India)

Center for Economic and Social Development (Azerbaijan)

Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (Afghanistan)

Centre for Economic and Social Development - CESD (Azerbaijan)

Chennai Centre for China Studies (India)

China Review Think Tank Foundation (China)

Chonbuk National University (Republic of Korea)

Chula Global Network, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)

Civic Exchange (China)

CIVILNET (Armenia)

Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras (India)

Development Strategy Center (Uzbekistan)

DT Next (India)

Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center (Mongolia)

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia - ERIA (Indonesia)

Frontline (India)

Fung Business Intelligence (China)

Future Innovative Thailand Institute (Thailand)

Gateway House (India)

Higher Education Commission (Pakistan)

Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy (India)

Hindu University (India)

HK Golden (China)

Hong Kong Ideas Centre (China)

Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)

IFMR Lead (India)

Integrity Watch Afghanistan (Afghanistan)

India Think Council (India)

Institute for Competitiveness (India)

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) (India)

Institute for Financial Management - Leveraging Evidence for Access and Development - IFMR LEAD (India)

Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance - IPAG (Bangladesh)

Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies (Republic of Uzbekistan)

Institute of Actuaries of India (India)

Institute of National Security Studies (Sri Lanka)

Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies - IPCS (India)

Institute of Public Enterprise (India)

Institute of Water Policy LKYSPP (Singapore)

Intelligence Corps., Government of India (India)

International Institute for Trade and Development (Thailand)

Ippodhu (India)

Japan Institute for International Affairs (Japan)

Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU (India)

Kardan University (Afghanistan)

Kazakh Research Institute of Culture (Kyrgyzstan)

Korea Development Institute (Korea)

Korea Employment Information Service (Korea)

Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (Korea)

Korea Institute of Public Finance (Korea)

Korea Labor Institute (Korea)

Legal Analysis and Research Public Union (Azerbaijan)

Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government, Research Division (China)

Madras Christian College (India)

Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) (India)

Mekong Institute (Thailand)

Ministry of Finance, Government of India (India)

Ministry of Trade of Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia)

MOP Vaishnav College (India)

Muhammad Akram & Sons Trading & Investment (Pakistan)

Observer Research Foundation (India)

OCTS Youth Forum (China)

One Belt One Road Research Institute, Chu Hai College (China)

One Country Two Systems Research Institute (China)

Our Hong Kong Foundation (China)

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning (Pakistan)

Path of Democracy (China)

Peace Training and Research Organisation (Afghanistan)

Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (Pakistan)

Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, HKSAR (China)

Presidential Administration of the Azerbaijan Republic (Azerbaijan)

Red Elephant Foundation (India)

Roads and Highways Department, Government of Bangladesh (Bangladesh)

Savantas Policy Institute (China)

Security Council of Armenia (Armenia)

Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs (Pakistan)

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Sri Lanka)

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan)

Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation (India)

Synergia Foundation (India)

Tac Economics (India)

The Indian Express (India)

The Policy Consultancy (India)

Third Side (China)

Tianda Institute (China)

Times Now (India)

TOLOnews (Afghanistan)

Tribhuvan University (Nepal)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Thailand)

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (India)

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Azerbaijan)

Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research - VEPR (Vietnam)

Wisdom Hong Kong (China)


Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (Italy)

Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (Spain)

Barcelona Institute for Global Health - ISGlobal (Spain)

Bruegel (Belgium)

CEDOS Think Tank (Ukraine)

Center for Democracy Foundation (Serbia)

Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) (Poland)

Center for Strategic Research (Russia)

Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies (Poland)

Center for Strategic and Global Studies (Russia)

Central European Foundation (Slovakia)

Centre for International Relations (Poland)

Centre for European Policy Studies (Belgium)

Centre of Policy and Legal Reform (Ukraine)

CeSI - Centro Studi Internazionali (Italy)

Chatham House (UK)

Civil Network OPORA (Ukraine)

Clingendael Institute (Netherlands)

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) (Denmark)

Democracy Reporting International (Germany)

Democratic Initiatives Foundation (Ukraine)

DOC Research Institute (Germany/Russia)

Ecologic Institute (Germany)

Euronatura - Center for Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (Portugal)

European and International Cooperation (Germany)

European Council on Foreign Relations (UK)

European Policy Centre (Serbia)

EUROPEUM (Czech Republic)

Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (Italy)

Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability - FORES (Sweden)

Foundation Max van der Stoel (Netherlands)

Fundacion Alernativas (Spain)

French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) (France)

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) (Germany)

Friedrich Ebert Foundation Libson (Portugal)

Gazeta.ru (Russia)

Get2C (Portugal)

German Development Institute (DIE) (Germany)

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) (Germany)

Goethe-Institut Slowakei (Slovakia)

GLOBSEC (Slovakia)

Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (Netherlands)

Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategies (IRIS) (France)

Institut Montaigne (France)

Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) (Ukraine)

Institute for Government (UK)

Institute for International and Strategic Relations (France)

Institute for Law and Public Policy (Russia)

Institute for Public Affairs (Slovak Republic)

Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) (Austria)

Institute for the USA and Canadian Studies, Russian Academy of Science (Russia)

Institute of Analysis and Advocacy (Ukraine)

Instituto Affari Internazionali  (IAI) (Italy)

Institute of Public Finance (Croatia)

Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI) (Portugal)

International Institute for Peace (Austria)

Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) (Italy)

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Italy)

Jacques Delors Institute (France)

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany)

Light of Hope (Ukraine)

London School of Economics and Political Science IDEAS (UK)

MESA10 (Slovak Republic)

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (Slovak Republic)

Moskovskij Komsomolets (Russia)

New Poltava (Ukraine)

Oceano Azul Foundation (Portugal)

Open Society Foundation (Slovakia)

Poltava City Council (Ukraine)

Poltava Regional State Administration (Ukraine)

Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (Russia)

Razumkov Centre (Ukraine)

Real Instituto Elcano (Spain)

Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research - REKK (Hungary)

Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia)

SlovakAid (Slovakia)

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (Sweden)

United Nations Business and Human Security Initiative (UK)

University of Zagreb (Austria)

ZERO (Portugal)

Middle East and North Africa

Aljazeera Centre for Studies (Qatar)

Aljazeera Live (Qatar)

Aljazeera Media Network (Qatar)

Amadeus Institute (Morocco)

Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (Qatar)

Arabic Nayef University (Saudi Arabia)

American University of Lebanon (Lebanon)

Brookings Doha Center (Qatar)

C2 & AI Center of Advanced Studies (Saudi Arabia)

Carnegie Middle East Center (Lebanon)

Cercle d'Action et de Réflexion Autour de l'entreprise - CARE (Algeria)

Centre for Strategic Studies - University of Jordan (Jordan)

Dubai Public Policy Research Centre (UAE)

Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies - ECPPS (Egypt)

Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs - ECFA (Egypt)

Etedal Center (Saudi Arabia)

Georgetown University (Qatar)

Global Governance & Sovereignty Foundation (Morocco)

Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University (Qatar)

Higher Council for Science and Technology (Jordan)

Imam University (Saudi Arabia)

Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

Jordan Chamber of Industry (Jordan)

Jordan Strategy Forum (Jordan)

Jousoryemen Foundation (Yemen)

King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (Saudi Arabia)

King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (Saudi Arabia)

King Saud University (Saudi Arabia)

Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (Lebanon)

Middle East Research Institute (Iraq)

Ministry of Education (Saudi Arabia)

Policy Center for the New South (Morocco)

Rasanah: International Institute for Iranian Studies (Saudi Arabia)

Royal Court (Saudi Arabia)

Shura Council (Egypt)

Shura Council (Saudi Arabia)

Tamkeen Technologies (Saudi Arabia)

North America

Acton Institute (USA)

Advisor (USA)

African Union Mission to the USA (USA)

Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network (USA)

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (USA)

Amnesty International (USA)

Atlantic Council (USA)

Baker Institute for Public Policy (USA)

Belfer Center for Science and International Afffairs, Harvard University (USA)

BlueStreams Group (USA)

Brookings Institution (USA)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (USA)

CATO Institute (USA)

Center for American Progress (USA)

Center for Global Development (USA)

Center for International Private Enterprise (USA)

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (USA)

Center for Strategic and International Studies (USA)

Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada)

Chicago Council on Global Affairs (USA)

CNA Analysis and Solutions (USA)

Cogitat LLC (USA)

Common Good (USA)

Council on Foreign Relations (USA)

DowDupont (USA)

Dreambase (USA)

Economic Policy Institute (USA)

Ethos Public Policy Lab (Mexico)

Embassy of Austria (USA)

EpDowd (USA)

Foreign Policy Research Institute, Think Tanks and Foreign Policy Program FPRI (USA)

Foresight Vector (USA)

Fraser Institute (Canada)

Georgetown University (USA)

George Washington University (USA)

German Marshall Fund of the US (USA)

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (USA)

Global Leaders in Unity and Evolvement (USA)

Heritage Foundation (USA)

Hudson Institute (USA)

Imaran Khan Development Academic Research (USA)

Independent Institute (USA)

Indiana University (USA)

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (USA)

International Institute for Strategic Studies (USA)

International Monetary Fund (USA)

Institute for China-American Studies (USA)

Institute for the Study of War (USA)

Instituto para la Seguridad y la Democracia A.C. Insyde (Mexico)

Instructional Media + Magic Inc. (USA)

Interamerican Dialogue (USA)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (USA)

Japanese International Cooperation Agency (USA)

Kenney Strategy (USA)

Lloyd Advisors (USA)

MacArthur Foundation (USA)

MacDonald Laurier Institute (Canada)

Mayhan Associates (USA)

McCain Institute (USA)

Mexico Evalua (Mexico)

Middle East Institute (USA)

Migration Policy Institute (USA)

National Academy of Public Administration (USA)

National Bureau of Asian Research (USA)

National Institute of Mental Health (USA)

New America (USA)

Okinawa Prefecture (USA)

Pestronk Consulting (USA)

Pinchot Institute for Conservation (USA)

Reagan Foundation (USA)

RTI International (USA)

Save the Children (USA)

Selbst (USA)

ServeUSA (USA)

Social Sciences in China Press (USA)

Stimson Center (USA)

The Millennium Project (USA)

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania, The Lauder Institute (USA)

Transparency International (USA)

Truman Center for National Policy (USA)

TutoringByLewis (USA)

Urban Institute (USA)

US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) (USA)

US Department of Energy at National Nuclear Security Administration (USA)

WaVe Communications (USA)

Wilson Center (USA)

South and Central America

Academia Nacional de Economía / Pharos (Uruguay)

Center for Economic Research (CINVE) (Uruguay)

Center of Studies for Development (Uruguay)

Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Económica y Social (Uruguay)

Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento - CIPPEC (Argentina)

Centro de Investigaciones Económicas (Guatemala)

Centro Latinoamericano de Economia Humana (Uruguay)

Centro Regional de Estrategias Económicas Sostenibles (Dominican Republic)

CLAEH University (Uruguay)

Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales - CARI (Argentina)

Consejo Uruguayo para las Relaciones Internacionales (Uruguay)

Consejo Venezolano de Relaciones Internacionales - COVRI (Venezuela)

EDUY21 (Uruguay)

Embassy of Italy in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

European Union in the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic)

Federalismo y Libertad (Argentina)

Fundação Getulio Vargas - FGV (Brazil)

Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo - FUNGLODE (Dominican Republic)

Fundación Eleutera (Honduras)

Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia (Dominican Republic)

Germany in the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic)

Institute of Communication and Development (Uruguay)

InterAmerican Development Bank (Uruguay)

Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences - FLASCO (Brazil)

MODRICENIR, Haiti-based Regional Latin-American Think Tank (Haiti)