Penn Based "Global Go-To Think Tank Index" Slated for Release January 18

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460January 12, 2012

WHO:             Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the International                             Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania

                       Diplomatic Courier Magazine

WHAT:           2011 Global Go To Think Tanks Rankings


WHEN &        Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8:30 a.m. 

WHERE:         National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th Street NW #1300


                        Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m.

                        United Nations University, UN Main Complex, New York, New York


Launched in 2006, Penn’s “Global Go To Think Tank Rankings” annual report has become an authoritative source for the top public policy research institutes in the world.  James G. McGann, assistant director of Penn’s International Relations Program, and directs the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at Penn.  

This year’s ranking report is based on a 2011 worldwide survey of more than 1,500 policy-makers, scholars, journalists, current and former think tank executives, public and private donors, intergovernmental agencies and academic institutions. Approximately 5,300 think tanks were nominated for inclusion in 30 category rankings.

The UN launch and briefing will be web streamed live to UN offices around the world and to a global audience of IGOs, NGOs and policymakers.

RSVP for the Washington briefing to  For more information about the briefing or to arrange an interview contact Kay Floyd, Press and Media Officer, Diplomatic Courier at RSVP for the UN Program at