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S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies ranked 3rd among top Asian think tanks


The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), a graduate school of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has emerged third in Asia in an extensive ranking of global think tanks.
 
RSIS was ranked third among more than 1,000 other Asian think tanks ranked in the Global ‘Go-To Think Tanks’ rankings conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tank and Civil Societies Programme. The Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in China were ranked first and second in the Asian ranking.
 
The Global ‘Go-To Think Tanks’ rankings are part of a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tank and Civil Societies Programme to identify and rank the leading think tanks of the world. The study collated the nominations and choices of a diverse panel of experts, including an international group of scholars who study think tanks, executives and scholars from think tanks, public and private donors, and policymakers. Some of the criteria used to rank the think tanks included academic reputation, success in generating innovative policy ideas, as well as access to elites in the areas of policymaking, media and academia.
 
Commenting on the ranking, Ambassador Barry Desker, Dean of RSIS, said: “RSIS’ ranking is a recognition by the global policy and academic community of RSIS’ contribution to policy and academic research. The ranking is a milestone in RSIS’ growth as a professional graduate school of international affairs and a leading think tank in the region.”
 
Research at RSIS is conducted by five constituent institutes and centres. They are the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Centre of Excellence for National Security, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, and the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations.
 
Research at RSIS focuses on issues relating to the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, and their implications for Singapore and other countries in the region.

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Nanyang Technological University
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Seng Woei Yuan
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S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University
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Email: iswyseng@ntu.edu.sg

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About S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) was officially inaugurated on 1 January 2007. Before that, it was known as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), which was established 10 years earlier, on 30 July 1996. Like its predecessor, RSIS was established as an autonomous entity within Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

The School exists to develop a community of scholars and policy analysts at the forefront of Asia-Pacific security studies and international affairs. Its three core functions are research, graduate teaching and networking activities in the Asia-Pacific region. It produces cutting-edge security related research in Asia-Pacific Security, Conflict and Non-Traditional Security, International Political Economy, and Country and Area Studies.

The School‘s activities are aimed at assisting policymakers to develop comprehensive approaches to strategic thinking on issues related to security and stability in the Asia-Pacific and their implications for Singapore.

For more information, visit www.rsis.edu.sg

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