EWC Again Ranked Among Top Government-Affiliated Think Tanks Worldwide


HONOLULU (Jan 29, 2021) -- The East-West Center has again been ranked #4 in a University of Pennsylvania institute’s annual list of best government-affiliated think tanks worldwide, the same ranking the Center has received for the last several years. It is notable that the only three institutions ranked higher than EWC are affiliated with such large organizations as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and US Congressional Research Service. In addition, the Center moved up a spot to rank eighth in the Best Regional Studies (Free Standing) category.

Think tank ranking report coverA panel of experts convened by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at Penn’s Lauder Institute annually ranks policy and issue research organizations based on such criteria as:

  • The quality and commitment of the institution’s leadership.
  • The quality and reputation of expert staff and the research and analysis they produce.
  • Impact on policymakers and society.
  • Ability to convene key policy actors and develop effective networks and partnerships.
  • News media reputation and the ability to use digital and social media to engage effectively with policymakers, journalists and the public.
  • Effective management of institutional resources.

“We’re very pleased once again to receive this important recognition of the East-West Center’s high-quality research, analysis, and related educational and professional development programs. It is gratifying to see that our ranking has held steady among the top five institutions of our kind,” said EWC President Richard R. Vuylsteke. “Many thanks to the survey organizers for putting this valuable list together each year, and hearty congratulations to our many colleagues and partner institutions who were also recognized.”