The only Albanian think tank to make it into the prestigious University of Pennsylvania rankings , the Albanian Institute for International Studies ranked 24th out of the top think tanks in central and Eastern Europe in the 2012 Global GoTo Think Tank Index

Out of 10 Albania based think tanks evaluated, AIIS was the only one to make the cut and get a ranking in the top 60 , the findings show. AIIS is consistently rated by the index as the best think tank in Albania and one of the best in the region. In the previous report, in 2011, AIIS was also the only Albanian organization to make the cut.

"This year's ranking shows AIIS has maintained its high work standards and continued to serve as the leading organization of its kind in Albania," said DR Albert Rakipi, AIIS executive director. "We are again thankful that the tireless work of the highly specialized staff and our hundreds of collaborators worldwide has been recognized by such a prestigious program."

Established in 1998 by a group of academics and analysts with extensive experience in foreign policy and policy making issues, AIIS has made significant contributions through its analysis, projects, and publications in the fields of Euro- Atlantic integration; democracy, security, and transition as well as regional security and cooperation.

AIIS has also served as a consultative body, with policy-makers seeking its advice on the challenges Albania faces on the road to democratization. International experts who have cooperated with the institute and know its work well have noted that AIIS offers a sharp analytical focus on the world beyond Tirana , productively helping Albanian Institute for International Studies become an active contributor to international relations, as well as honored the institute's tradition of excellence in Albania.

"With its objective analysis and multitude of voices, it has made, and will continue to make, an important contribution to regional and general understanding of the critical issues facing the Balkans. This understanding is an important step on the road to long term regional stability. The institute's efforts are to be encouraged and applauded" 
Bern J. Fischer, Indiana University

"As the leading Albanian policy-focused institute it has promoted debate on critical foreign policy and security issues, it has had an impact in policy making by bringing together decision makers and policy analysts in Albania with their foreign counterparts, and it has promoted a regional network of analysts to enhance regional cooperation nd regional security" 

Janus Bugajski, 
Centre for Strategic and International Studies

Established in 1989, the ranking program works to evaluate the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. The 2012 Global GOTO Think Tank Index is the result of an international survey of over 1,950 scholars public and private donors, policy makers, and journalists who helped rank more than 6,500 think tanks using a set of 18 criteria developed by the TTCSP. The purpose of the rankings is to help improve the profile and performance of think tanks while highlighting the important work they do for governments and civil societies around the world.

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