By Hajare El Khaldi
Rabat – The 11th edition of the “Global Go-To Think Tanks Index 2017”, published on January 30 by Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, confirmed the position of the OCP Policy Center among the best research institutes of research in its category.
Regionally, the OCP Policy Center advanced 4 ranks comparing to 2016 by holding the 9TH place of the best think tanks in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). It ranked as the 10th think tank of the MENA region alongside, in this order, the Center of Strategic Studies (CSS, Jordan), the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS, Israel), the Carnegie Middle East Center (Lebanon), the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS, Egypt), the Al Jazeera Center for Studies (AJCS, Qatar), Brookings Doha Center (Qatar), and the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (Turkey). OCP ranked directly before the Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies of Saudi Arabia.
Internationally, the OCP Policy Center is in 15th place, for the best conference organized with Atlantic Dialogue, alongside the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue (Singapore), the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI, Italy), The French Institute for International Relations (IFRI, France), the Munich Security Conference (Germany), Brookings Institution (United States), Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI, Japan), Institute of World Economy and International Relations (Russia), Chatham House (Great Britain), Boao Forum (China), Economic Research Institute (Kazakhstan), Observer Research Foundation (ORF, India), German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF, United States), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP, United States), and the Atlantic Council (United States).
On the other hand, OCP Policy Center ranked 48th in the best think tanks specialized in energy and 58th for the collaboration and exchange with other institutions like the Italian Institute for International Studies (ISPI, Italy), the French Institution for International Relations (IFRI, Paris), the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF, United States), Montaigne Institute (France), Brurgel Institute (Belgium), the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI, United Kingdom), the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI, Brazil), the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI, Ethiopia), the Observer Research Foundation (ORF, India), and the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI, Nigeria).
These results mirror the efforts carried by the OCP Policy Center since its creation in 2014, and stand as a witness to the quality of the network and researchers involved in different programs with over 200 publications per year.
The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. Over the last 26 years, TTCSP helped bridge the gap between knowledge and policy in critical policy areas such as security, international peace, and globalization. These classifications are founded on the contribution of 3.750 experts, journalists, academics, that evaluate around 8.000 think tanks around the world.