The Carnegie Moscow Center has been named the best among Russia’s and East Europe’s think tanks according to the Think Tank Index compiled by the University of Pennsylvania

This global rating is a first-time endeavor to evaluate think tanks worldwide based on a comprehensive survey of thousands of scholars and experts. It includes analytical centers focusing on public policy, economics, social issues, security and ecology (according to the University of Pennsylvania, there exist nearly 5,500 think tanks worldwide in  170 countries. The Carnegie Moscow Center has been rated No. 1 among 514 think tanks in Russia and Eastern Europe. Rated second is the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

The Brookings Institution and Peterson Institute have been tied in for the world’s first place. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has been named third in the U.S., – preceded by the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Russia is among the top ten countries with the biggest number of think tanks (107 in total). The U.S. numbers 1,777; Great Britain – 283, Germany – 186, France – 165, Argentina –122, India – 121, Japan – 105, Canada – 94; and Italy – 87.

Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said:

"We are thrilled, excited and very proud. It is a very high assessment of the 15 years of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s operation. Like the Endowment in Washington and our sister centers in Beijing, Beirut, and Brussels, the Carnegie Moscow Center seeks to explain a very complex and dynamic region to the rest of the world, and explain the global trends to the interested local audiences. In a globalized world, you need to be global in your thinking as well as in your operations, but you never lose touch with the ground. And keep moving."

The Index was made public on January 5, and was announced in the University’s press release and reported in the January/February issue of the Foreign Policy Magazine.