Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) - University of Jordan
Founded in mid-80’s and embedded within the University of Jordan, the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) is highly experienced in empirical research within several fields ranging from socio-economic issues, to security, and international relations particularly concerning the MENA area but not limited to it. It has a long tradition in conducting a massive and huge amount of social surveys and has led trainings and worked with partners in other countries to improve their sample design, interviewer trainings, and fieldwork processes. In 2018, 2017 and 2016 The Global Go to Think Tank Index Report, released annually by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, has ranked the CSS as 1st think tank in the Middle-Eastern and Northern Africa area (MENA) and, consequently, has been classified as Distinguished Think Tank Center of Excellence for the next five years (2019-2023).
In addition, in 2018 the CSS has been classified 36th Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks and 52nd best think tank in Top Defense and National Security research worldwide.
Furthermore the CSS has been ranked 128th in 2018 and 2017 and 132rd in 2016 among the top 150 top think tanks selected from respectively 8,162, 6,846 and 7,815 centres worldwide (Non-US).
The report classifies research centers according to several criteria such as the quality and commitment of the think tank’s leadership, reputation of staff, research and analysis produced, the impact and reputation of a think-tank’s research and programs on policy makers and other policy actors, utilization of research, policy proposal and so on.
On the 24th May 2018 the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) has been honoured by His Majesty King Abdullah with the Order of Independence of the First Class for the institution’s role in conducting studies and research papers of strategic dimensions.
The CSS actively engages in policy-oriented research at different levels and cooperates with several European and Arab institutions, universities, public bodies, think thanks within the Mediterranean Area.