Think Tanks Abroad

Think Tanks Abroad

Adam Smith Institute (Britain)

Since 1992 Adam Smith Conferences have been developing a range of high-caliber industry forums, which attract thousands of key decision makers from governments and industry each year. Many of these events are now the established annual gatherings for industry players, which offer unrivaled insights into market trends and developments, investment opportunities, and commercial strategies for success.


African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes-ACCORD (South African Republic)

ACCORD is a South Africa-based civil society organisation working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. It’s primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict.


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


American Enterprise Institute-AEI (USA)

The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. The work of our scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in our belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.


Arab Planning Institute-API (Kuwait)

A non-profit regional organization based in Kuwait. Established in 1980. Concerned with promoting efforts of economic and social development in the Arab countries through capacity building, consultancy and applied scientific research as well as institutional and decision making support and holding scientific events and publishing.


Barcelona Centre for International Affairs-CIDOB (Spain)

CIDOB is an independent and plural think tank based in Barcelona, dedicated to the study, research and analysis of international affairs. Created in 1973 as an International Documentation Centre of Barcelona, it is a private foundation since 1979. It is a dynamic community of analysts that works to produce and offer to all political actors –from individual citizens to international organisations– information and ideas to help formulate and promote policies for a more secure, free and fair world for everyone.


Bonn International Center for Conversion-BICC (Germany)

As an independent, non-profit organization, BICC (Internationales Konversionszentrum Bonn—Bonn International Center for Conversion) deals with a wide range of global topics in the field of peace and conflict research centering on Conversion Studies. Their vision is a more peaceful world. Our mission is to conduct critical, problem-oriented, policy-relevant research in response to the problems posed by organized violence.


Brookings Institution (USA)

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (USA)

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. Their mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society.


CATO Institute (USA)

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.


Center for a New American Security-CNAS (USA)

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization that develops strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate.


Centre for Conflict Resolution-CCR (South African Republic)

Since 2003, CCR has worked on a pan-continental basis to strengthen the capacity of African institutions and actors to manage conflicts and build peace. It has also sought to influence and contribute positively to policy and academic debates on African security and governance issues through providing an impartial space for key stakeholders to engage critically and freely in these discussions.


Centre for Economic Policy Research-CEPR (Britain)

The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) was founded in 1983 to enhance the quality of economic policy-making within Europe and beyond, by fostering high quality, policy-relevant economic research, and disseminating it widely to decision-makers in the public and private sectors. Drawing together the expertise of its Research Fellows and Affiliates, CEPR initiates, funds and coordinates research activities and communicates the results quickly and effectively to decision-makers around the world. The Centre is an independent, non-profit organization and takes no institutional policy positions.


Centre for European Policy Studies-CEPS (Belgium)

Founded in Brussels in 1983, CEPS is a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, with an exceptionally strong in-house research capacity and an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world.


Centre for International Governance Innovation-CIGI (Canada)

an independent, non-partisan think tank with an objective and uniquely global perspective. Their research, opinions and public voice make a difference in today’s world by bringing clarity and innovative thinking to global policymaking. By working across disciplines and in partnership with the best peers and experts, they are the benchmark for influential research and trusted analysis.


Centre for Policy Studies-CPS (Britain)

The Centre for Policy Studies believes in freedom and responsibility. One of Britain’s best known and most respected think tanks, the Centre develops and promotes policies to limit the role of the state, to encourage enterprise and to enable the institutions of society – such as families and voluntary organisations - to flourish.


Center for Strategic & International Studies-CSIS (USA) Established in Washington, D.C. over 50 years ago, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision-makers chart a course toward a better world.


Centre for Strategic and International Studies-CSIS (Indonesia)

Founded in 1971, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has won recognition as an important research and policy institution both within Indonesia and internationally. Its development over more than three decades is entwined with the history of Indonesia itself.


Center for Strategic Studies-CSS (Jordan)

The Center for Strategic Studies was established in 1984 as the first academic center in the University of Jordan. Therefore, it was the first to hold studies and research in the fields of regional conflict, international relations, and security.


Center of Strategic and Future Studies-CSFS (Kuwait)


Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa-CODESRIA (Senegal)

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organization primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africa. Mission Statement. It is recognized not only as the pioneer African social research organization but also as the apex non-governmental center of social knowledge production on the continent.


Chatham House-The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Britain)

Founded in 1920, Chatham House engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debate and confidential discussion on the most significant developments in international affairs.


China Institute of International Studies-CIIS (China)

China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) is the think tank of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It conducts research and analysis on a wide range of foreign policy issues.It is focused primarily on medium and long-term policy issues of strategic importance, particularly those concerning international politics and world economy.


Chinese Academy of Social Sciences-CASS (China)

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) is the premier academic organization and comprehensive research center of the People’s Republic of China in the fields of philosophy and social sciences.


Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society (Britain)

Civitas is a community of researchers and supporters committed to discovering how best to strengthen democracy, uphold limited government, maintain personal freedom, achieve opportunity for all, and encourage free enterprise.


Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations (The Netherlands)

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ is the leading Dutch think tank and diplomatic academy on international affairs. The Institute provides public and private sector organizations with in-depth analysis of global developments in the fields of economic diplomacy, international security and conflict management. Clingendael specifically focuses on security and Europe, and the position and role of the Netherlands.


Council on Foreign Relations (USA)

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher.


Danish Institute for International Studies-DIIS (Denmark)


DIIS is an independent, state research institution, working with international studies. We conduct and communicate research and analysis work on globalization, security, development, and foreign policy, and in these areas, we are working to set the agenda in research, policy and public debate. DIIS participates in Danish and international debates and academic networks, and we publish in reputable academic journals.


Economic Policy and Research Center-EPRC (United Arab Emirates)



European Council on Foreign Relations-ECFR (Germany)

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is the first pan-European think-tank. Launched in 2007, its objective is to conduct cutting-edge research, build coalitions for change, and promote informed debate on the development of coherent, effective and values-based European foreign policy. 


F.A. Hayek Foundation (Slovakia)

The F. A. Hayek Foundation is an independent and non-political, non-profit organization, founded in 1991, by a group of free-market oriented Slovak economists with the mission of establishing a tradition of market-oriented thinking in Slovakia – an approach that had not existed before the 1990’s in our region. From this classic liberal tradition, to offer practical reform proposals for market solutions to economic and social problems; in the reform process to widen and propagate throughout Slovakia classic liberal ideas, provide a platform to exchange of ideas of experts and the broader public, and develop the basic liberal ideas and values.


Fraser Institute (Canada)

The Fraser Institute is the top think tank in Canada and this year was ranked among the top 20 think tanks worldwide, in the Global Go-To Think Tanks Index published by the University of Pennsylvania.


French Institute of International Relations (France)

Founded in 1979 on the model of Anglo-Saxon think thanks, Ifri is the principal institution for independent research and debate in France that is dedicated to the analysis of international affairs and global governance. Ifri’s policy-oriented research strives to illuminate international events and put them in perspective. It is primarily useful for political and economic decision-makers as well as academics, opinion leaders, and civil society representatives.


German Council on Foreign Relations-DGAP (Germany)

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is Germany’s network for foreign policy. As an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit membership organization, think tank, and publisher the DGAP has been promoting public debate on foreign policy in Germany for almost 60 years.


German Institute for International and Security Affairs-SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) (Germany)

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP) advises political decision-makers on international politics and foreign and security policy. Our services are orientated primarily towards the German government and Bundestag, as well as relevant international organizations such as the European Union, NATO and the United Nations.


Hoover Institution (USA)

With its eminent scholars and world-renowned library and archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity, while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind.


Human Rights Watch-HRW (Britain)

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups.


IDEAS (The London School of Economics and Political Science-LSE) (Britain) 

LSE IDEAS is an IGA Centre that acts as the School’s foreign policy think tank. Through sustained engagement with policymakers and opinion-formers, IDEAS provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy.


Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses-IDSA (India)

The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) is a non-partisan, autonomous body dedicated to objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defense and security. Its mission is to promote national and international security through the generation and dissemination of knowledge on defense and security-related issues.


Institute of International and European Affairs-IIEA (Irland)

The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) is Ireland’s leading think tank on European and International affairs and is an independent, not-for-profit organization with charitable status. Its extensive research programme aims to provide its members with high-level analysis and forecasts of the challenges on the global and EU policy agendas which impact on Ireland. It acts as a catalyst for new thinking, new solutions and policy options, which give its members from the private and public sector a significant competitive advantage.


Institute for International Political Studies-ISPI (Italy)

The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) is an independent think tank serving as a resource for government officials, business executives, journalists, civil servants, students and the all wishing to better understand international issues. Founded in Milan in 1934, ISPI approach international affairs in a sound pragmatic manner, monitoring geopolitical areas as well as major global trends. Comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis is ensured by close collaboration with specialists, academic and non-academic, in political, economic, legal, historical and strategic studies and an ever-growing network of think tanks, research centers and universities in Europe and abroad.


Institute for Public Policy Research-IPPR (Britain)

IPPR is the UK's leading progressive think tank. Their purpose is to conduct and promote research into, and the education of the public in, the economic, social and political sciences, science and technology, the voluntary sector and social enterprise, public services, and industry and commerce.


Institute of Southeast Asian Studies-ISEAS (Singapur)

The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), an autonomous organization established by an Act of Parliament in 1968, was renamed ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute in August 2015. The Institute conducts a range of research programmes; holds conferences, workshops, lectures and seminars; publishes briefs, research journals and books; and generally provides a range of research support facilities, including a large library collection.


Institute of World Economy and International Relations-IMEMO RAS (Russia)

IMEMO has been founded by the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Institute is a non-profit organization which acts within the Charter of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The mission of the Institute is the elaboration of a reliable analytical basis for political decision-making. The Institute cooperates with federal and regional government bodies, mass media, major public and private companies. In its research, IMEMO takes an independent and uncommitted position.


Istituto Affari Internazionali-IAI (Italy)

A non-profit organization, the IAI is funded by individual and corporate members, public and private organizations, major international foundations, and by a standing grant from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Institute's main objective is to promote an understanding of the problems of international politics through studies, research, meetings and publications, with the aim of increasing the opportunities of all countries to move in the direction of supranational organization, democratic freedom and social justice.


International Centre for Black Sea Studies-ICBSS (Greece)



International Crisis Group-ICC (Belgium)

The International Crisis Group is an independent organization working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world. Crisis Group sounds the alarm to prevent deadly conflict. They build support for the good governance and inclusive politics that enable societies to flourish. They engage directly with a range of conflict actors to seek and share information, and to encourage intelligent action for peace.


International Institute for Strategic Studies-IISS (Britain)

The IISS was founded in the UK in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries' armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue.


Japan Institute of International Affairs-JIIA (Japan)

The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), founded in 1959, is a private, nonpartisan policy think-tank focused on foreign affairs and security issues. In addition to a wide range of research projects, the institute promotes dialogues and joint studies with other institutions and experts at home and abroad, examines Japanese foreign policy and makes proposals to the government, and disseminates information on international relations to the public. The institute, together with a large network of affiliated scholars, aims to serve as an indispensable resource on international affairs in a complex world.


Korea Development Institute-KDI (South Korea)

KDI will uphold its mission to make substantive contributions to the government and society as well as to the public and private sectors by providing timely and effective policy alternatives. By continuously executing the mission, KDI will propose policy recommendations that will become the core foundation for the nation’'s economic growth. In addition, KDI will maximize its organizational capacity to become an international policy institute that serves as a compass for economic policymakers.


Lowy Institute for International Policy (Australia)

The Lowy Institute is an Australian think tank with a global outlook. Their research interests are as broad as Australia’s interests, and we host distinguished speakers from around the globe on foreign policy, defence, politics, aid and development, journalism, sport, science and the arts. The Lowy Institute aims to be a world-leading online think tank. Their digital magazine, The Interpreter, was the first of its kind among foreign-policy think tanks, and we publish ground-breaking interactive research such as the Global Diplomacy Index and the Chinese Aid in the Pacific map.


Moscow State Institute of International Relations-MGIMO (Russia)

MGIMO is Russia's most prestigious educational institution for young people with international interests. MGIMO’s diverse student body of 6,000 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian students and from partner universities around the world. MGIMO offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels — from international affairs, political science, economics, and international law, to journalism, business management, and energy policy. The Office coordinates varied and complex international activities including the implementation of joint educational programs with foreign partners, organization of visits and speeches by foreign heads of state, prominent world leaders, and student exchanges.


National Bureau of Economic Research

Founded in 1920, the NBER is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers, and business professionals. NBER-affiliated researchers study a wide range of topics and they employ many different methods in their work. Key focus areas include developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, and analyzing the effects of public policies.


Norwegian Institute of International Affairs-NUPI (Norway)

The institute has for more than 50 years been a leading community for research and communication about international affairs of relevance for Norway.


Overseas Development Institute-ODI (Britain)

ODI'S mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.


Peace Research Institute Oslo-PRIO (Norway)

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. They explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; they investigate how different kinds of violence affect people; and they examine how societies tackle crises – and the threat of crisis. They document general trends, seek to understand processes, and inform concrete responses.


Peterson Institute for International Economics (USA)

The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the rigorous and intellectually open study of international economic policy. Since 1981, they have identified and analyzed a wide range of international economic challenges, policy approaches, and practical ideas to help make globalization beneficial and sustainable for the people of the United States and the world.


Polish Institute of International Affairs-PISM (Poland)

The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) is a leading and independent think-tank that conducts original, policy-focused research. PISM provides advice to all branches of government and contributes to wider debates on international relations in Europe and beyond. PISM also publishes books and journals, and houses one of the best specialist libraries in Central Europe. Situated in between the world of policy and independent expertise on international affairs, PISM promotes the flow of ideas that inform and enhance the foreign policy of Poland.


Rand Corporation (USA)

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.


Royal Institute for Strategic Studies-IRES (Morocco)

IRES’s vocation is to contribute to decision-making on strategic issues. Its mission is to carry out strategic studies and to be entrusted with a strategic watch task, both at the national and international level, in fields deemed strategic for the country. It analyses domestic structural issues, examines Morocco’s external relations on a variety of dimensions and attaches great importance to global issues. The Institute performs several intellectual practices, both in the field of study programs and strategic watch. These practices aim to focus on public policy in order to highlight the options available to fundamental reforms sought by the democratic and modern society project that Morocco is highly committed to. 


Royal United Services Institute-RUSI (Britain)

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is an independent think tank engaged in cutting-edge defense and security research. A unique institution, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward-thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defense and security matters.


Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research (Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri)

The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research was established in 2009 to aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah, a northern emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 


Singapore Institute of International Affairs-SIIA (Singapur)

The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is a non-profit and independent organization 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.


South African Institute of International Affairs-SAIIA (The Republic of South Africa)

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is South Africa’s premier research institute on international issues. As an independent, non-government think tank, SAIIA has a long and proud history of providing thought leadership in Africa. SAIIA is both a center for research excellence and a home for stimulating public discussion.


Stockholm International Peace Research Institute-SIPRI (Sweden)

SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. Based in Stockholm, SIPRI also has a presence in Beijing, and is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide.


The Heritage Foundation (USA)

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.


Transparency International (Almanya)

From villages in rural India to the corridors of power in Brussels, Transparency International gives voice to the victims and witnesses of corruption. Transparency International works together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals. As a global movement with one vision, Transparency International wants a world free of corruption. Through chapters in more than 100 countries and an international secretariat in Berlin, Transparency International are leading the fight against corruption to turn this vision into reality.


United State Institute of Peace (USA)

The United States Institute of Peace works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world. USIP does this by engaging directly in conflict zones and by providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace.


Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (USA)

The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.


World Economic Forum-WEF (Switzerland)

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.