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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.

As the University of California’s system-wide institute on international security, IGCC convenes expert researchers across UC campuses and the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, along with US and international policy leaders, to develop solutions and provide insights on many of the most profound global security challenges.


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 emerging fields such as cybersecurity, terrorism, global health, security implications of climate change, migration, and competition for natural resources are complements to projects with a more traditional security focus such as nonproliferation, great power competition, and inter-state and civil conflict.

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


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 PhD candidates across all ten UC campuses.


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, newsletters, research briefs, working papers, books, and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

IGCC research directors are frequently interviewed by the press. 


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 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.