The Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

The BESA Center Ranked as One of the
Three Top Middle East Think Tanks

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies has been ranked one of the three top think tanks in the Middle East and Africa, along with Carnegie Middle East Center in Lebanon and the Gulf Research Center of Saudi Arabia, and as the leading strategic think tank in Israel.

The ranking appears in this year's “Global Go To Think Tank Index,” released this week by the University of Pennsylvania.

"The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies has sought to advance a realist, conservative and Zionist agenda in the search for security and peace for Israel," said Prof. Efraim Inbar, Director of the Center. "Over the years, we have been the first to successfully place on the public agenda issues such as the problematic aspects of Palestinian statehood, the danger of Arab chemical and biological weapons and missile stocks, Israel’s relations with key countries such as Turkey and India, and the abuse of international institutions in the attempt to delegitimize Israel. Today, the Center leads an attempt to introduce creative thinking about alternatives to the entrenched two-state paradigm in Israeli-Palestinian peace diplomacy, and an initiative to nourish U.S.-Israeli relations."

Other think tanks in the Middle East ranked high were the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (#4), Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies of Egypt (#5), Al Jazeera Center of Qatar (#6), Institute for National Security Studies of Tel Aviv (#7), Brookings Doha Center of Qatar (#8), International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya (#13), Harry S. Truman Institute for Advancement of Peace in Jerusalem (#15), and the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies in Tel Aviv (#20).

Under the leadership of Prof. Efraim Inbar over the past 20 years, the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies has produced over 250 original research and policy papers and 25 books. It has run more than 500 symposia and international conferences — for defense, military industry, intelligence and foreign policy specialists, as well as diplomats, businessmen, academics and politicians.

On June 14, 2009, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose the BESA Center podium as the venue from which to elucidate his key diplomatic policies.

The annual Global Go To Think Tank Index report can be viewed at


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