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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Changing Dynamics in Global Power Structures

Apr 7

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38 Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad


  • MNA Arif Alvi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf
  • Senator Farhat Ullah Babar, Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians
  • Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Pakistan Muslim League
  • H.E. Volodymyr Lakomov, Ukrainian Ambassador to Pakistan
  • Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
  • Mr. Shakeel Ramay, Senior Research Associate, SDPI (Moderator)

The end of the cold war not only led to disintegration of the Soviet Union but also brought about a significant shift in global politics, with the United States emerging as the world’s sole super-power. Another major shift occurred in 2010, with the spread of a wave of uprisings against the ruling classes in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). It has been widely argued that rampant corruption, rising income inequality, lack of employment opportunities for a growing youth population, and persistence in the status quo were major factors in driving the Arab Spring.


Even more recently, protestors upended the government in Ukraine, forcing the serving president to flee to neighboring Russia. The Russian government staged an intervention by sending in troops into Crimea and refused to accept the new government in place. While diplomatic tools are being used to convince Russia to withdraw the Crimean intervention, there remains disagreement amongst some of the countries involved in the effort.


In this context, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, in partnership with the Pakistan-China Institute, has organized a special seminar on the said subject to look more closely into major shifts occurring in global politics, and what these shifts entail for developing countries, including Pakistan. The seminar will be held on Monday, 7th April 2014 at SDPI office premises, 38 Main Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad, 3-5 PM. You are cordially invited to join the discussion.

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