In a recent ranking of the world’s top think tanks, only two Australian institutions make the cut. The Lowy Institute for International Policy is ranked fourteen in a list of the top think tanks in Asia while the Centre for Independent Studies ties with seven other organisations for 50th spot in a list of the top non-US think tanks worldwide. The Brookings Institution is ranked number one in the US.
Think study was conducted by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania. According to the report’s author, James G. McGann, "It’s the first comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks, based on a worldwide survey of hundreds of scholars and experts."