The United Nations University is pleased to host the launch of the “2011 Global Go-To Think Tank Index,” with Dr. James G., McGann of the University of Pennsylvania. The report focuses on the rise of think tanks in G20 and BRIC countries.
The report’s value, says Dr. McGann, “lies in its ability to highlight the important contributions that think tanks make to governments and civil societies around the world”. He emphasizes the role of think tanks in long under-represented regions, such as the Middle East and North Africa, Africa and Latin America.
The annual report is the brainchild and result of Dr. McGann, and compiled using a three-stage process of international peer and expert reviews by policymakers, journalists, government officials, donors, think tank executives and scholars from over 120 countries. It identifies influential organizations from over 180 countries, worldwide, and classifies them according to geographic location, budgets less than five million US dollars, as well as “new think tanks”, amongst other divisions.
The rank of the United Nations University in the global think tank index will be released at this event.
For more information, or to register to attend, see the event page on the UNU-ONY website.
Dr. James G. McGann, PhD., Assistant Director of the International Relations Program and Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. McGann conducts research on trends and challenges facing think tanks and policymakers around the world. Dr. McGann is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, previously having served as the Senior Vice President for the Council on Foreign Relations; and as a consultant for the United Nations, World Bank, and others. Dr. McGann earned his master and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently directs multiple programmes.
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