Friday, 27 January 2017
The Australian Institute of International Affairs has been ranked the top think tank in Southeast Asia and the Pacific for the third year running as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index.
The results released overnight by UPenn’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program place the AIIA in the world’s top 50 think tanks overall, and in the world’s top 20 independent think tanks.
“This is a very rewarding result and recognises nearly a century’s research and public engagement by the AIIA to promote understanding and discussion of international affairs in Australia,” said national executive director Melissa Conley Tyler.
“At a time of uncertainty and instability in international affairs, the role of knowledge brokers like the AIIA is more important than ever.”
Looking ahead, the AIIA’s projects for 2017 include:
- Organising the EU-Australia Leadership Forum, the Korea Foundation roundtables and other international dialogues;
- Helping to facilitate public consultation for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s forthcoming Foreign Policy White Paper;
- Supporting leading international affairs research and publications including the Australian Journal of International Affairs and Australian Outlook; and
- Hosting more than 200 events for the public and international affairs community.
The Global Go To Think Tank Index is an annual global poll and the 2016 Index is based on a survey of more than 11,500 university faculty and administrators, journalists, policymakers, think tank scholars and executives, and donors.
The 2017 Australian launch of the Index is being hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Institute for Economics and Peace, ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the National Security College.
When: 3-5pm, Tuesday 31 January
Where: AIIA, Stephen House, 32 Thesiger Court, Deakin
A link to the full report is available here.
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