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Track II at IGCC

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

Track II, or unofficial diplomacy, offers a venue for officials and academics to express their views and enhance mutual understanding in an informal atmosphere. Officials participate in their personal capacity, not as representatives for their governments, and all discussions are kept off-the-record, rules that permit brainstorming and frank discussion of divergent views. The mixture of government officials and scholars contributes to the free-wheeling style of discussion.

Founded and led by IGCC Director Emeritus Susan Shirk, IGCC's Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD) is a unique multilateral forum involving high-level policymakers, defense ministry officials, military officers, and researchers from China, Japan, North and South Korea, Russia, and the United States. NEACD seeks to reduce the risk of military conflict in the region and to lay the groundwork for an official multilateral process in Northeast Asia. NEACD has proven its value as the only ongoing regular channel of informal communication among the six governments.