January 30, 2018



The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan (UJ) ranked the top Think Tank in the Middle East and North Africa for the second year in a row. CSS, also ranked number (128) among the most important Think Tanks in the world (Non-US) which registers improvements from last year by 5 positions.


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, the report arranges them on the level of region and world, as well as according to their substantive work and production fields. Below are the detailed results:


First: Global Ranking Category

(7815) Centers from all over the world have been evaluated. CSS has been ranked 128th in the list of top think tanks worldwide (Non-US).


The most important 10 research centers of the world according to the report were:

1- Brookings Institution (United State).

2- French Institute of International Relations (France)

3- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (United States)

4- Bruegel (Belgium)

5- Chatham House (United Kingdom / Britain).

6- FundacaoGetulio Vargas (FGV) (Brazil)

7- Heritage Foundation (United States)

8- RAND Europe (United Kingdom)

9- International Institute for Strategic Studies(IISS) (United Kingdom)

10- Center for American Progress (CAP) (United States)


Second: Regional Ranking Category

The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) has been ranked for the second year as the top Think Tank in the Middle East and North Africa. The region includes the Arab countries, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus and Iran. Consequently, CSS is the first center in Jordan and in the Arab world.


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- Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) (Israel)

3- Carnegie Middle East Center (Lebanon).

4- Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS) (Egypt).

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

6- Brookings Doha Center (Qatar).

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

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

9- OCP Policy Center (Moroco)

10- Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies (Saudi Arabia).



The report covered 6 think tanks from Jordan. Five other Jordanian centers: Al-Quds Center for Political Studies (ranked 35), Arab Thought Forum (ranked 38), Al Rai Center for Studies (ranked 71), Arab Institute for Security Studies (ranked 72), Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (ranked 81).


Third: Defense and National Security

The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), which last year ranked 53rd in the world in the field of Defence and National Security, moved up four ranks this year to be 49.


Fourth:Foreign Policy and International Relations

In the field of foreign policy and international relations, the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) was ranked (41) compared with the previous year where it was 43 making progress by 2 posotions.


The report by 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. According to the Middle East centers list, 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 think tanks 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. Inaddition, 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 think tanks have turned into an urgent necessity in light of the growing role of knowledge and creativity in work, the economy, and with the rise of the information technologies that cover the world today.



The importance of this think tanks 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 conducts studies on political, military, economic, and social issues that interest Jordan and the Arab world. In addition to holding public 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.