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Most Influential Think Tanks in Southeast Asia
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Most Influential Think Tanks in Southeast Asia

Prominent Southeast Asia organisations have been listed among the world’s most influential think tanks in 2017 according to a study by the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Philadelphia of United States.

The inclusion of an institution in the universe of leading think tanks does not indicate a seal of approval or endorsement of the institution, its publications, or its programs on the part of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

Likewise, a failure to be nominated does not necessarily indicate a lack of quality and effectiveness or poor performance.

There are 6,486 think tanks that are doing exceptional work to help bridge the gap between knowledge and policy.

Thus, this 2017 report edition of The Global Go To Think Tank Index Report is no more than an effort to highlight some of the leading think tanks worldwide.

The annual report ranks the world’s think tanks in various categories with the help of a panel of over 1,900 peer institutions and experts from around the world.

With that, here presenting to you the results of the 2017 rankings process below; The Top Think Tanks in Southeast Asia in World’s Most Influential Think Tanks category.

RANK #47

Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) (Singapore)

Source: EU Centre in Singapore
Source: EU Centre in Singapore

Likewise, a failure to be nominated does not necessarily indicate a lack of quality and effectiveness or poor performance. The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is a non-profit and independent organisation dedicated to the research, analysis, and discussion of regional and international issues.

Founded in 1961, the SIIA is Singapore’s oldest think tank. Through policy research and dialogue, we aim to bridge the gap between policymakers, private sector decision-makers and experts to shape public influence as well as impact policy and social responses.

RANK #64

Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (Indonesia)

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

International Conference on “Maritime Security in East Asia: Regional and Functional Cooperation”, co-organised by IIPS and CSIS Indonesia | www.iips.org
International Conference on “Maritime Security in East Asia: Regional and Functional Cooperation”, co-organised by IIPS and CSIS Indonesia | www.iips.org

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta is an independent, non-profit organisation focusing on policy-oriented studies on domestic and international issues. It was established in 1971.

Indonesia’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), was number 65 on the list of top non-US think tanks in last year's rankings.

RANK #66

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) (Singapore)

Source: ISEAS
Source: ISEAS

The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies is a research institute located in Singapore. Established in 1968, it includes several study centres, a library and a publishing house.

It was renamed ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute in August 2015 in honour of Singapore's first President.

RANK #67

Centre on Asia and Globalization (LKY) (Singapore)

East Asia Symposium co-organised by LKY | YouTube
East Asia Symposium co-organised by LKY | YouTube

Established at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, in 2006, the Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG) is a non-profit research organisation dedicated to conducting in-depth research examining developments in the Asia-Pacific, and its impact on world affairs.

The centre’s mission is to provide objective, independent, and high-quality research for academia, policy practitioners, decision-makers, and the general public on issues of regional and global significance, and to promote intellectual dialogue with scholars and non-academic experts on the most pertinent issues facing the region.

RANK #70

Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) (Singapore)

Event organised by ACI | Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Event organised by ACI | Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

The Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) was established in August 2006 as a research centre at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS).

Its primary aim is to contribute to the understanding and enhancement of economic growth and living standards through undertaking rigorous research on policy issues relating to the competitiveness of clusters and comparative regions in Asia.

The centre also envisions the building of an intellectual leadership and network for understanding and developing competitiveness in the Asian region.

RANK #77

Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) (Cambodia)

CDRI Seminar held in Phnom Penh | Chansok Lak
CDRI Seminar held in Phnom Penh | Chansok Lak

Located in Phnom Penh, CDRI works to produce independent, objective, high-quality policy-relevant development research, to maximise its accessibility to policymakers, influencers and stakeholders and to have it affect policy in six interrelated areas that are key for Cambodia’s sustainable development; agriculture, economics, education, environment, governance and health.

RANK #92

Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) (Singapore)

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter
The 18th Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Management Officers (APPSMO 2016) organised by IDSS | S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
The 18th Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Management Officers (APPSMO 2016) organised by IDSS | S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

The Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) is the oldest and largest research centre of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

Its faculty and research staff conduct both academic and policy-oriented research on security-related issues and developments affecting Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific.

RANK #117

Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) (Malaysia)

Source: Quest International University Perak
Source: Quest International University Perak

The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) is an independent, private and not for profit Think Tank headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ASLI is committed to creating a better society and to help organisations enhance their competitiveness, leadership and strategic capabilities through its Public Programmes, Conferences, Publications, Policy Research, Business Councils and CEO Peer Groups.

Since its inception in 1993, ASLI has been the definitive voice of strategy and leadership in the country, having provided trusted insights to governments, businesses and the diplomatic community as well as promoting dialogues to understand and better relations amongst Government, Business and Civil Society in ASEAN as well as the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Source : 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

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