January 26, 2017

CSS Ranks First among Middle East and North Africa Centers



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 production fields.










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 / Britain).

3- French Institute of International Relations (France)

4- International Peace Institute (United States)

5- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (United States)

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 States)



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 (INSS) (Israel).

4- Carnegie Middle East Center (Lebanon).

5- Al Jazeera Centre for Studies (AJCS) (Qatar).

6- Brookings Doha Center (Qatar).

7- Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) (Turkey).

8- Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (Israel).

9- Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) (Turkey).

10- Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT) (Turkey).


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 transparency.



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 Relations

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 achieving prominence.


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.