Northeast Asia

The Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), 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, has proven its value as the only ongoing regular channel of informal communication among the six governments.

Founded and led by IGCC Director Emeritus Susan Shirk, 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.

Meeting regularly back-to-back with NEACD is its Defense Information Sharing Study Project, a subcommittee that consists entirely of military and defense officials, who are increasing transparency and building confidence by talking with one another about their missions, forces, doctrines, policies, and exercises. NEACD has also organized one-day workshops on specific topics of interest to participants.

An offshoot of NEACD, the Northeast Asia Maritime Safety Cooperation Project seeks to provide a venue for discussion of the challenging maritime environment in the Western Pacific.