Global Trends and Transitions in Security Expertise has been Released!

James McGann's latest book has been published and is available for purchase.  

The scope of Security and International Affairs (SIA) research has expanded tremendously since the end of the Cold War to include topics beyond the realm of war studies or military statecraft. A field once devoted solely to the study of conventional military and nuclear security issues has diversified to include foci often considered nontraditional, including peace and conflict, political, economic, environmental, and human security. 
In this exciting new volume, McGann has undertaken a quantitative and qualitative study of SIA think tanks, looking at global and regional trends in their research. He argues that the end of the Cold War marked a fundamental shift within the field of defense and security studies among think tanks and academics. Tracking the evolution of security as understood by researchers and policymakers is vital as the world follows the path of the “Four Mores”: more issues, more actors, more competition, and more conflict. As we move forward into a world of rapid change and ubiquitous uncertainty, think tanks will only become more prominent and influential. This will be an important resource for students and scholars of security studies, global governance, and think tanks.
The volume concludes with an assessment of the future of Security and International Affairs studies and raises the possibility of a return to a traditional security focus driven by recent events in Europe and the Middle East. This will be an important resource for students and scholars of security studies, global governance, and think tanks.

Copies may be purchased here

Fill out Global Go To Think Tank Index Open Source Ranking Survey

Greetings Colleagues and Friends:

In an effort to encourage the input from a broad range of individual and institutional perspectives from around the world, the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index is pleased to announce the creation of an open access survey for the 2015 Index nominations and ranking process. 

Please submit your nominations on or before November 30, 2017, by using the survey link provided here:

The open source rankings will be are segregated from the rankings made by experts and peers and the ranking results will be tabulated separately. This enables us to open the process while maintain the quality and integrity of the process. 

The annual global ranking of think tanks is conducted with the help of volunteer research interns and without the benefit of funding from any source.

The schedule for the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index is as follows:

· Round I (Think Tank Nominations August 1 – October 1, 2017)
· Round II (Think Tank Ranking October 1 – November 30, 2017)
· Round III (Expert Panel Review November 30 – December 18, 2017)
· 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Launch in New York, Washington, DC and 120 cities around the world on January 30, 2018
· 2017 Global Go To Think Tanks Index Report Scheduled Release January 30, 2018

Please consult the definitions, nomination and ranking criteria, and tools for assessing think tanks when making your nominations. These are provided in the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Report which is posted on the University of Pennsylvania Scholarly Commons web site at: for easy reference.

You can make up to 5 nominations per category. Please note that all nominations made will be kept strictly confidential. No self-rankings will be considered. Please submit your responses no later than November 30, 2017. In addition, there are now over 50,000 individuals and institutions that are included in the Global Go To Think Tank listserv.

Thanks for helping us increase the profile and performance of think tanks around the world.

All the best, 
Jim McGann

James G. McGann, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, International Studies
Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies
Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Wharton School and School of Arts and Sciences

Senior Fellow

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania