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Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC)

The University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) addresses global challenges to peace and prosperity through academically rigorous, policy-relevant research, training, and outreach on international security, economic development, and the environment.

IGCC brings scholars together across social science and lab science disciplines to work on topics such as regional security, nuclear proliferation, innovation and national security, development and political violence, emerging threats, and climate change.


Founded by nuclear physicist Herbert F. York, IGCC’s original emphasis on security and nuclear nonproliferation remains at its core, but its agenda has broadened with time.

Today, IGCC researchers study a wide range of topics involving the security, environmental, and economic policies that shape our ability to prevent conflict and promote cooperation. 


Under the leadership of Director Tai Ming Cheung, IGCC’s work in its core areas is balanced by the recognition that evolving threats to global stability require exploration of nontraditional connections between and across disciplines and institutions.

Projects in newly emerging fields such as innovation studies, cybersecurity, and human capital are complements to projects with a more traditional security focus.

IGCC has provided ongoing leadership for preventive diplomacy in the world’s most troubled regions through its Track II programs in the Middle East and Northeast Asia.

In partnership with the state of California, IGCC experts have helped to train government officials in best practices for managing the aftermath of both manmade and natural disasters.


IGCC is committed to educating new generations of international problem-solvers and peacemakers through its research and teaching activities.

Multi-week summer programs have introduced young scholars and mid-career professionals to the policy issues surrounding such topics as nuclear weapons, biothreats, development and conflict, and the relationship between national security and technology.

IGCC has provided more than 500 fellowships to UC PhD candidates. IGCC also provides internships and employment opportunities to students.


IGCC research informs national policy challenges through workshops, talks, and briefings at government agencies and at the UC Washington Center.

Public events at UC San Diego and other UC campuses provide opportunities to engage the wider community of scholars, students, and the general public.

IGCC disseminates its research findings through its website, weekly newsletters, research briefs, working papers, books, and articles in peer-reviewed journals

Cooperation with the National Laboratories

IGCC has a long history of collaboration with the Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) and Los Alamos (LANL) National Laboratories.

Laboratory scientists and engineers draw on the expertise of UC social scientists to provide insight into the international, institutional, behavioral, and historical context for their own technical studies. IGCC benefits from the science and technical expertise of its lab partners, particularly in the areas of nuclear security and biological threats.

Faculty and students conducting cutting-edge  social science research on nuclear nonproliferation, terrorism, regional security, international security institutions, climate change and security, international health risks, and other topics related to national security are supported through a faculty-reviewed competitive grant process and brought together to learn from and share their expertise with their peers both from the campuses and the labs.

Representatives from LANL and LLNL sit on the IGCC Steering Committee, and lab personnel have played roles in many of IGCC’s regional cooperation dialogues, training programs, and research projects.