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.
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.
IGCC and the UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) jointly conduct research and provide educational programs on matters of political, economic, and diplomatic development in the Middle East. Guided by UCLA Professor Steven Spiegel, IGCC’s Middle East programs explore issues of regional security and enable conflict resolution.