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9 February 2017,

Gateway House in UPenn 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index, for the third time

Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations a seven-year old independent, foreign policy think tank, based in Mumbai, has, for the third year in a row ranked among the world’s top think tanks in the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

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Mumbai, January 31 2017: Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations a seven-year old independent, foreign policy think tank, based in Mumbai, has, for the third year in a row ranked among the world’s top think tanks in the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, published on 26 January 2017 by The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), USA. Gateway House continued to maintain its already significant presence in nine categories of the index. UPenn’s Global Go To Think Tank Index is the most comprehensive global ranking of the world’s leading think tanks.

In the 2016 report, Gateway House has maintained its presence in nine categories. The results are as follows:

• Top Think Tanks Worldwide (Non-US) – Gateway House has ranked #131 out of 150

• Top Think Tanks in China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea – Gateway House has ranked #26 out of 90 (it was ranked #28 out of 50 in 2015)

• Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks – Gateway House has ranked #112 out of 133

• Best Use of Social Media and Networks (globally) – Gateway House has ranked #35 out of 85

• Think Tank to Watch – Gateway House has ranked #41 out of 105

• Think Tanks with the Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program – Gateway House has ranked #52 out of 75

• Think Tanks with the Best Use of the Internet – Gateway House has ranked #46 out of 60

• Best Use of Media (Print or Electronic) – Gateway House has ranked #50 out of 60

• Best Independent Think Tanks — Gateway House has ranked #88 out of 148

Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director and Co-founder, Gateway House said, “This recognition by the Global Go To Think Tank Index reflects Gateway House’s dedication and commitment towards providing independent, quality research and analysis on India’s foreign policy. It also confirms the increasing inseparability of business and foreign policy, in line with our government’s emphasis on economic diplomacy in furthering the country’s strategic interests.”

According to the report, Asia has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of think tanks, with India having the fourth largest number in the world, after the U.S., China and the UK: Gateway House ranks among the top think tanks in the country. Gateway House’s improved rank in the ‘Top Think Tanks in China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea’ category is a result of the organisation’s commitment towards improving discourse and providing quality research and analysis on geo-political and geoeconomic issues through greater engagement with business, academia and government. “We look forward to maintaining and improving our ranking in 2017, and every year thereafter,” added Kripalani.

Gateway House sends out weekly briefings to about 7,500 subscribers, with freshly commissioned op-eds and articles uploaded every week. In 2016, a prolific year for the organisation, it published research papers on ‘degrowth’, addressing the pressing issue of sustainable consumption; India-EU defence cooperation as part of the EU-India Think Tank Twinning Initiative 2016; and ‘trusteeship’ as a way of globally navigating business and public policy in today’s context.

Gateway House co-hosted the first Gateway of India Dialogue with the Ministry of External Affairs last year: the second iteration of the conference, the Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue, will be held on February 13-14 2017, and has an even richer repertoire of themes and speakers. Gateway House also conducted the second Think Tank 20 (T20) conference in Mumbai as part of the G20 deliberations, hosted a luncheon with Hon’ble Prime Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, made a successful study trip to China and participated in several other external events.

Gateway House has continued to engage with a range of stakeholders, including corporates, students, intellectuals, diplomats and the press, making innovative use of new mediums of communication, such as video series and podcasts. In 2016, Gateway House published a podcast mini-series which followed the U.S. presidential elections, with former ambassador Neelam Deo providing expert analysis on the events leading to the election.

2016 has been an unexpected year for global politics, with a number of transformative events having taken place. Think tanks will thus, have a greater responsibility towards society, politicians and policy makers in enabling them to make informed decisions. “These rankings are important.They reveal the institutional intellectual capacity of countries, where such sparks are on the rise, and where they are on the wane.They help young people understand that there are institutions with a public purpose, where the legitimate outcome of deep research and knowledge can benefit national policymaking. This is in contrast to the tractional policy influences of special interest groups, that may not benefit the wider public”, says Manjeet Kripalani.

“Understanding and analysing the uncertainties in the world we live in requires the degree of deep research and frank analysis that has brought this recognition to Gateway House,” said Neelam Deo, Director and Co-founder, Gateway House.

Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations
Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations is a foreign policy think tank in Mumbai, India, established to engage India’s leading corporations and individuals in debate and scholarship on India’s foreign policy and the nation’s role in global affairs. Gateway House is independent, non-partisan and membership-based.
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University of Pensnsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies (TTCSP) at the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and in civil societies around the world. Often referred to as the “think tanks’ think tank,” TTCSP examines the evolving role and character of public policy research organisations. Over the last 20 years, the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program has laid the foundation for a global initiative that will help bridge the gap between knowledge and policy in critical policy areas such as international peace and security, globalisation and governance, international economics, environment, information and society, poverty alleviation, and health. This international collaborative effort is designed to establish regional and international networks of policy institutes and communities that will improve policy making as well as strengthen democratic institutions and civil societies around the world.

The complete Global Go To Think Tank Index Report is available here.

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