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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 across the globe. Under the leadership of Director Tai Ming Cheung, IGCC works between and across disciplines and institutions. Projects exploring the security implications of climate change, advanced technologies and global health threats are complements to those with a more traditional security focus such as nonproliferation, great power competition and political violence.

New and Noteworthy

U.S. Score Drops in the Latest Defense Transparency Index
Results from the newest edition of the Defense Transparency Index show that defense transparency is on the decline among global superpowers. Among the six countries ranked, scores decreased on average by 8 percent compared to 2015–2016—marking a significant decrease in transparency and a worrying trend in an era of intensifying regional security tensions where the potential for miscalculation is growing.

Why Isn’t There More International Cooperation Around Migration?
Governments cooperate on trade and capital flows—so why not on migration? IGCC affiliated researcher Jeannette Money, a professor in the political science department at the University of California, Davis, discusses her book, Migration Crises and the Structure of International Cooperation, and explains where migrants travel from and to, the limitations of existing international agreements, and why international cooperation tends to restrict rather than facilitate flows.

What’s Economics Got to Do With It?
As part of IGCC’s Great Powers initiative, Vinod K. Aggarwal, director of the Berkeley APEC Study Center, leads research on economic statecraft, an increasingly central—but all too often ignored—aspect of geostrategic competition. Here he answers questions about the economic dimensions of great power competition, what his team is learning, and what to expect in 2020.