Most Americans Disapprove Pew Global Attitudes Released: July 8, 2010 On July 13, members of the lower house of the French parliament are expected to vote on a bill that would make it illegal for Muslim women to wear full veils – those that cover all of the face except the eyes – in public [...]
Incidents of Jihadist Terrorist Radicalization in the United States Since September 11, 2001 By: Brian Michael Jenkins – the RAND Corporation Between September 11, 2001, and the end of 2009, 46 publicly reported cases of domestic radicalization and recruitment to jihadist terrorism occurred in the United States; 13 of those cases occurred in 2009. Most [...]
The Leading Public Policy Research Organizations In The World
James G. McGann, Ph.D.
Director Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
International Relations Program University of Pennsylvania
The 2009 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings marks the fourth year edition of what has now become an annual report. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania has created a process for ranking think tanks around the world. It is the first comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks, based on a worldwide survey of hundreds of scholars and experts. The think tank index has been described as the insider’s guide to the global marketplace of ideas. For this ambitious project, I have assembled a panel of close to 300 experts from around the world, across the political spectrum and from every discipline and sector to help nominate and select public policy research centers of excellence for 2009. The members of the Expert Panel were asked to nominate regional or global centers of excellence that they felt should be recognized for producing rigorous and relevant research, publications and programs in one or more substantive areas of research.
The Global Go To Think Tank Rankings was launched in 2006 in response to the never-ending requests that I received from journalists, scholars and government officials to provide a list of the leading think tanks in a particular country or region of the world. When I first designed the project it was intended to identify some of the leading think tanks in the world in an attempt to answer these inquiries in a more systematic fashion. Over the last 4 years the process has been refined and the number of institutions and individuals involved in the project has grown steadily. Read more
Amy Belasco Specialist in U.S. Defense Policy and Budget CRS Report for Congress Summary With enactment of the FY2009 Supplemental (H.R. 2346/P.L. 111-32) on June 24, 2009, Congress has approved a total of about $944 billion for military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans’ health care for the three operations initiated ...Read the Rest
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
In little more than a century, the religious landscape of sub-Saharan Africa has changed dramatically. As of 1900, both Muslims and Christians were relatively small minorities in the region. The vast majority of people practiced traditional African religions, while adherents of Christianity and Islam [...]
By Joanna Buckley
The Centre for European Reform
★ The EU is not wielding influence in Afghanistan commensurate with its significant contribution of personnel and finances. For too long it had too many offices and representatives in the country, who sometimes contradicted each other.
★ The EU has now taken some welcome steps to streamline its institutional presence [...]
The Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research
Arab world at threshold of democracy, however a long road to implementation lies ahead, says Arab Reform Initiative.
The annual report-card, titled The State of Reform in the Arab World – The Arab Democracy Index, shows that the region has [...]