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    • BCSP on a global list of top think tanks ranked the best in Serbia and the region in 3 categories

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    • Date: 02 February 2018

      For the sixth consecutive year, BCSP was voted as one of the best think tanks in the world on the research topics of defense and national security, and foreign policy and international relations.

      In the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) is the best ranked think-tank in Serbia and in the Western Balkans covering defense, national security, foreign policy and international relations.

      A small number of Think Tanks per category get to be nominated each year, especially from the Western Balkans, which makes the nomination an achievement in itself, and we congratulate all of our colleagues from Serbia that made it into this year’s list.

      BCSP is ranked in three categories:

      • 14th on the list of Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe, while first on the list from Serbia
      • 53th on the list of Top Think Tanks by Area of Research Defense and National Security, while first on the list from the region
      • 50th on the list of Top Think Tanks by Area of Research Foreign Policy and International Affairs, while first on the list from the region

      Global Go-To-Think Tank Index is the response of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at University of Pennsylvania (USA) to numerous demands from policymakers, journalists, public and private donors to have a list of most prominent national, regional and international research centers. In the process of nominating and ranking, besides think tanks, participated more than 3.500 representatives of universities, institutes, government, non-government, international and donor organizations, and independent experts and journalists.

      The research calls attention to global trends in the way think thanks work, and we emphasize a few:

      • Worsening of the legal framework for founding and functioning of civil society organizations and institutes in many countries (preventing money laundering and terrorism funding, financing CSOs from private companies or abroad, registering, broadening exceptions from free access to information).
      • Reducing funding for public policy research, testing ideas and institutional grants, and the dominant way for financing is for short-term projects.
      • Strengthening of competition, because organizations such as media, public advocacy groups, consulting houses, and increasingly law firms in the Anglo-Saxon world are now doing research, even though it is not their main focus.
      • Growth of populism and attitudes against elites of all kinds, which are blamed as sources of crisis, social inequalities and other problems. Think tanks are in the light of these movements perceived as a part of the problem because they are mainly seen as belonging to these elites.
      • Politics of post-truth, social ambient in which the truth and arguments stop being important. Half-truths and even false news that cause emotions and are distributed through social media so that the content is personalized for a specific consumer. The age of post-truth is partially caused by, and additionally deepening the polarization and conflict inside the society, so it becomes more important if someone is “with the people” or “with the elites” than if they are telling the truth.
      • The impact of social media and the Internet on think tanks - informing, consuming content and decision making. This creates a need to keep the quality of research and solution proposals, but to also give special attention to their findings arriving at the right time, in the right format, to the right audience.

       

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