January 26, 2017
CSS Ranks First among Middle East and North Africa
The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the
University of Jordan (UJ) ranked first among the best research centers in the
Middle East and North Africa.CSS, for the first time also, ranked 133 among the
top 150 centers worldwide according to the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
which is released annually by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program at the
University of Pennsylvania.
The report classifies research centers according
to the following set of indicators: managing and organizing resources,
intellectual and scientific production, influence on policies and trends, and
the national attitude towards them. Furthermore, it arranges them on the level
of region and world, as well as according to their substantive work and
First: Global Ranking
6846centers from all over the world have been
evaluated. CSS,for the first time,has been ranked 133rd in the list
of top 150 centers worldwide.
The most important 10 research centers of the
world according to the report were:
1- Brookings Institution (United State).
2- Chatham House (United Kingdom /
Institute of International Relations (France)
4- International Peace Institute (United
5- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
6- Bruegel (Belgium)
7- RAND Europe (United Kingdom)
8- Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Scholars (United States)
9- FundacaoGetulio Vargas (FGV) (Brazil)
10- Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) (United
Second: Regional Ranking
The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) has
been ranked first among centers in the Middle East and North Africa. The region
includes the Arab countries, Israel, Turkey and Iran. As a result, CSS was
ranked first among centers in Jordan and in the Arab world.
Compared to the previous year 2015, CSS was 6
regionally, and 3 in the Arab world. It was 10 in the Middle East according to
the evaluation of 2014.
The most important 10 research centers in the
Middle East according to this year report were as follows:
1- The Center
for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan (UJ).
2- Al-Ahram Center for Political and
Strategic Studies (ACPSS) (Egypt).
3- Institute for National Security Studies
4- Carnegie Middle East Center (Lebanon).
5- Al Jazeera Centre for Studies (AJCS)
6- Brookings Doha Center (Qatar).
7- Turkish Economic and Social Studies
Foundation (TESEV) (Turkey).
8- Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
9- Center for Economics and Foreign Policy
Studies (EDAM) (Turkey).
10- Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT)
The report covered 21research centers from
Jordan. Two other Jordanian centers:Arab Thought Forum (ranked 31) and Al-Quds
Center for Political Studies (ranked 32), were on the list of the 75 most
important centers in the Middle East.
The regions covered by the evaluation were:
Asia (1.262 centers) Central and South America (774 centers) Europe (1.770
centers), the Middle East and North Africa (398 centers), North America (1.931
centers), Sub-Saharan Africa (615 centers) and Oceania (96 centers).
Third: Topics in the Global Level Ranking
The report evaluates the study centers on a range
of fields and objective indicators; namely, national security, economic
policies, education, energy, the environment, foreign and international
relations, politics, health, international development, international
economics, science and technology, social policies, and good governance and
1-3 Defense and National Security
The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), which
last year ranked60th in the world in the field of national security,
moved up seven ranks this year and now ranks 53.
2-3 Foreign Policy and International
In the field of foreign policy and
international relations, the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) moved forward 5
ranks compared with the previous year where it was 48.
The report of the University of Pennsylvania,
which has been released annually since 2007, reflects the growing importance of
thought and study centers which work on bridging the gap between knowledge and
public policy. As a result, these centers play an essential role in the
development and planning of public policies.
Despite the modest results of the Jordanian
and Arab centers in the global ranking, it clearly seems that they are
beginning to establish a regional and global presence.Accordingto a list of
Middle East centers, a group of Arab centers from Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates and Iraq are
The study centers represent an advanced and
expensive industry in thought, creativity, and scientific measurement of
overall trends as well as scientific research.
The meager percentages of national outputs that
the Arab world spends on scientific research reflect the main obstacles that
hinder the ability of these centers to work and produce. In addition, of course,
to their diminished presence in education, planning, decision-making, forming
public policies and public opinion, and in political, intellectual, cultural
and general trends of the citizens towards the studies and scientific research,
as well as their importance as a source of knowledge which builds skills,
attitudes and ideas among society.
The study centers
have turned into an urgent necessity in light of the growing role of knowledge
and creativity in work, and the economy, and with the rise of the information
technologies that cover the world today.
The importance of study
centers is multiplying to keep up with the rapid changes in knowledge,
technology and labor market trends.
The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), established in
1984, aims to conduct studies on political, military, economic, and social
issues that interest Jordan and the Arab world. In addition to holding opinion
polls, with the goal of providing researchers and policymakers with necessary
facts and data, CSS also regularly organizes events and activities such as
seminars and conferences.