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Baker Institute continues to rise in global rankings
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is ranked No. 11 among the top university-affiliated think tanks in the world — up from No. 13 in 2012 — according to the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s 2013 survey.
The institute is also ranked No. 5 among the world’s energy and resource policy think tanks — up from No. 6 in 2012 — and No. 20 among the top think tanks in the United States — up from No. 21 in 2012.
"Following the commemoration of the Baker Institute’s 20th anniversary in 2013, it is truly gratifying to see the work of our fellows, scholars and staff recognized by these rankings," said founding director Ambassador Edward Djerejian. "The institute’s research programs and newly created centers have become increasingly influential, assisting policymakers and other stakeholders worldwide with timely and objective public policy analysis and recommendations."
The strong ranking of the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies (CES) reflects its commitment to provide comprehensive research that informs and guides U.S. energy policy, said Kenneth Medlock, CES senior director and the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics. "We are expanding our multidisciplinary approach, working broadly with the talented Rice faculty as well as with other institutions."
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s (TTCSP) Global Go To Think Tank Report has become the gold standard for think tanks around the world and is widely cited by governments, donors, journalists and policymakers as the foremost guide to the performance of thousands of domestic and international policy centers.
"In a world filled with tweets and sound bites that are often superficial and politically charged, it is critical to know where to turn for sound policy proposals that address the complex issues that policymakers and the public face," said James McGann, director of the TTCSP at the University of Pennsylvania. "This index is designed to help identify and recognize the leading centers of excellence in public policy research around the world."
The TTSCP report is compiled with assistance from 2,000 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions, and governments in the U.S. and around the globe.
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- The Russian Gas Sector: A Political Risk Case Study, by Robert Johnston, director, Global Energy and Natural Resources, Eurasia Group; and Emily Stromquist, associate, Global Energy and Natural Resources, Eurasia Group. Click here to read more papers in this study directed by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute, Harvard University's Geopolitics of Energy Project at the Kennedy School and the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management. January 29
- The American Energy Renaissance: Who is to Credit and What is the Future Direction?, by Kenneth Medlock, James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director, Center for Energy Studies; and Keily Miller, research associate, Center for Energy Studies. January 28
- Politics slows legalization effort, by Nathan Jones, Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy. January 25
- Small Steps to a Syrian Transition?, Council on Foreign Relations interview with founding director Ambassador Edward Djerejian. January 23
- Building a Transparent Web: Transnational Social Media, Cybersecurity, and Sino-U.S. Trade, by Aynne Kokas, fellow in Chinese media. January 22
- Geneva's Missing Piece, by Andrew Bowen, scholar for the Middle East. January 21
- The Persian Gulf States and Afghanistan: Regional Geopolitics and Competing Interests, by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for Kuwait. January 17
- Intrajurisdictional Capitalization and the Incidence of the Property Tax, by George Zodrow, Baker Institute Rice Scholar. January 16
- Faceoff: China and India, by Steven Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow. January 16
- The Geopolitics of Australian Natural Gas Development, by Ronald D. Ripple, Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and Finance, University of Tulsa. Click here to read more papers in this study directed by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute, Harvard University's Geopolitics of Energy Project at the Kennedy School and the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management. January 14
- Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014. A statement by founding director Ambassador Edward Djerejian on the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. January 13
- Deciphering the Hippocratic Oath in the 21st Century, by Hagop Kantarjian, health policy scholar. January 13
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Baker Institute Blog
- Texas and Medicaid, by Hagop Kantarjian, health policy scholar, and Vivian Ho, James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics. January 23
- The case for universal vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), by Hagop Kantarjian, health policy scholar. January 17
- Humanitarian crisis and political impasse in Syria, by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for Kuwait. January 16
- Deciphering the Hippocratic Oath in the 21st century, by Hagop Kantarjian, health policy scholar. January 14
- A new media regime: Chinese press exercising new power in relationship with Western leadership, by Aynne Kokas, fellow in Chinese media. January 13
For a complete list, visit the Baker Institute Blog.
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- Israel's Security Challenges. Guest speaker Avi Dichter, Israel's former minister of home front defense and former minister of public security, discusses his country's security challenges. January 27
- Assessing the Arab Spring: Three Years On. Two experts from the Middle East Institute analyze the effects and aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings. January 14
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