In January 28, 2021, the annual rating of research and analytical centers of the world "Global Go To Think Tank Index Report" of the University of Pennsylvania was presented, which is considered the most authoritative world rating of "think tanks". The rating is compiled within the framework of the Think Tanks and Civil Society program under the leadership of Professor James McGann and since its inception it has become the 15th in a row.
The University of Pennsylvania analyzed the activities of 11,175 think tanks in the world in 2020, 43 of which were from Kazakhstan.
In general, the rating is formed on the basis of the results of a survey of the evaluated centers, as well as about 4 thousand specialists in the field of economic and political research, politicians and journalists. At the final stage, a group of authoritative experts takes part in the ranking, on the basis of whose opinion the final ranking takes place. To form the rating, more than 30 different criteria are used that structure think tanks based on the quality and reputation of scientific and analytical work, functional and organizational focus, recognition of the center, conferences, briefings and official meetings, as well as a number of nominations for special progress. https://repository.upenn.edu/think_tanks/18/?fbclid=IwAR3G3ObSQ9VErbO1Llf6ltTOVMV4y4F_-q5QVMmZNQfaOY4S-7tMNRx8TEA
At the end of 2020, the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KazISS) was again recognized as the best think tank in Central Asia.
Leading think tanks in Central Asia *
* According to the ranking of the University of Pennsylvania, Caucasus countries
(Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia), Afghanistan and Mongolia are referred to the group of Central Asian countries
The nomination "Leading Think Tanks in Central Asia" includes 10 Kazakhstani think tanks. In 2020, all Kazakhstani think tanks presented in the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report improved their positions: the Institute for Economic Research of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (6th place), the Center for Military Strategic Research of the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan ( 16th place), Center for Analysis of Social Problems (25th place), Institute of Oriental Studies named after R.B. Suleimenov CS MES RK (37th place), Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Forecasting (39th place), Institute of World Economy and Politics (41st place), Center for Political Analysis and Strategic Research (Institute for Public Policy of the Nur Otan Party) (44th place ).
In the nomination "Leading think tanks on energy and resource policy" KazISS improved its position, taking 31st place (total nominated - 60 centers), in the rating "Leading think tanks in the field of defense and national security" KazISS retained 97th place (total nominated - 110 centers ).
Leading think tanks in the field
energy and resource policy
Leading think tanks in the field
defense and national security
The innovation of the 2020 ranking is an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the activities of think tanks and their response to the global pandemic. This is reflected in the new nomination: Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19 in 2020. Experts nominated 83 think tanks from around the world in this nomination, among which KazISS was the only structure from Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19 in 2020