Global think tank index ranks AIIS among world’s best in 2016

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 3, 2017 10:51

Global think tank index ranks AIIS among world’s best in 2016

AIIS executive director Albert Rakipi

AIIS executive director Albert Rakipi

TIRANA, Feb. 2 – The Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) continues to be listed among the best think tanks in the world, according to the recently-released 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report by the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.

It is the only Albanian think tank to consistently make the list released annually by the index and one of the very few in the region.

“AIIS consistently performs well in this very important global index thanks to our consolidated reputation in the region and beyond as well as our excellence in research and projects in the field of  security, foreign policy and international relations studies and activities in Albania,” said Dr. Albert Rakipi, the AIIS executive director.

In the list of Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe, AIIS ranked in 2016 as the 23rd in the Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) maintaining the same place as last year.

In the global ranking of Think Tanks in 2016, AIIS is also 85th in the ranking for Defense and Security Research area globally and 84th in the ranking for Foreign Policy and International Relations — globally.

Recognizing the quality of research and advocacy of the AIIS and collecting the positive feedback from peers, the Index acknowledges for the fourth year in a row the professionalism and impact of AIIS work.

More than 3,500 experts from academia, civil society and decision making institutions participated in the process of nominating and then ranking institutions worldwide in this one of a kind exercise that has become a reference point for those who seek to understand the standing of think tanks whether by geographical or thematic classification.

The ranking is organized on a yearly basis by Think Tanks and Civil Society Programs at the University of Pennsylvania, which conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. AIIS is the only Albanian think-tank to appear in the ranking.

The full report is available on: 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

AIIS is committed to continue keeping high standards in its work, the think tank told Tirana Times, with which it has a long-standing partnership.

AIIS is currently implementing long term strategic projects that relate to the European future of Albania: AIIS has established the Joint Centre for Albania-Serbia relations to assist normalization of bilateral relations; completed influential research on the phenomenon of radicalism and foreign fighters in Albania and continued with its communication initiatives for Albania’s integration process. Their work in 2017 will yield positive next steps in all the relevant fields.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 3, 2017 10:51