WASHINGTON – For the sixth year in a row, The Wilson Center rose in the global think tank rankings. According to findings released Thursday by the University of Pennsylvania, the Center is the world’s #8 think tank, up from #9 in 2016. The Center is also ranked fifth in the United States.

“I’m thrilled to learn that the Center’s work continues to rate so highly among our peers and by thought leaders and policymakers around the world,” said Director, President & CEO Jane Harman.  “Recognition of our cross-discipline work exemplifies the teamwork of our talented staff and world class scholars who produce highly relevant programs and reports.”

The University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program has produced the Global Go To Think Tank Index annually since 2007, drawing on the input of nearly two thousand scholars, policymakers, journalists, and funders. It is widely regarded as the definitive resource on think tanks.

The Wilson Center is also regarded as a leading location for non-partisan discussions about issues in Washington, DC and provides a safe space for Republicans, Democrats and Independents to share ideas.

Other notable rankings include:

·         #1 Best Transdisciplinary Research Think Tanks

·         #11 Best Use of Media

·         #12 Think Tank with Outstanding Policy-Oriented Research Programs

·         One of the Best Policy Study-Reports Produced by a Think Tank 2016

The full rankings are available here.  

Notes to Editors:

1.      The Wilson Center was chartered by Congress as the nation’s living memorial to President Woodrow Wilson. Through the work of its staff and fellows, it connects deep scholarship to urgent policy questions.