Founded in 1973, the Trilateral Commission is a nongovernmental forum of leading private citizens from Europe, North America, and Japan (now including all of Asia Pacific) that aims to promote mutual understanding and closer cooperation on common problems facing these three major democratic, industrialized regions of the world. The members of the Trilateral Commission include about 350 distinguished leaders in business, media, academia, public service (excluding current national Cabinet ministers), labor unions, and other nongovernmental organizations from the three regions.
The Commission operates through three regional secretariats that coordinate task forces on a variety of pressing issues in international affairs. Members meet in regional groups as well as in an annual three-day plenary to discuss these studies and to share perspectives on common political, economic, and foreign policy challenges. The annual meeting of Trilateral Commission members rotates among the three regions.
JCIE serves as the Asia Pacific Secretariat, managing Asian participation in the Commission, hosting the plenary conference once every three years, and sponsoring annual regional conferences and other activities.
The Trilateral Commission also publishes task force reports, which are available on its website. More information on the Commission and its publications can be found on the Trilateral Commission website.
Trilateral Commission | 2023 Plenary Meeting
March 10–12, 2023 | India, New Delhi
The Trilateral Commission held its 2023 meeting in India, New Delhi —the first meeting to take place in India—drawing hundreds of leaders from around the globe to promote dialogue on key issues facing…
Trilateral Commission | 2022 Asia Pacific Group Regional Meeting
November 20, 2022 | Tokyo
The Asia Pacific Group of the Trilateral Commission held its annual regional meeting in Tokyo, gathering leaders from around the globe to promote dialogue on key issues facing the international commun…
Trilateral Commission | 2022 Plenary Meeting
June 10–12, 2022 | Washington DC
The Trilateral Commission held its 2022 meeting in Washington DC—the first in-person plenary since the pandemic began—drawing hundreds of leaders from around the globe to promote dialogue on key issue…
Trilateral Commission | 2021 Meetings—Virtual Conversations
December 31, 2021 | Online
The Trilateral Commission’s regional and plenary meetings have been postponed, but virtual conversations have been held and are available to the public on the Commission website.
Trilateral Commission Special Global Meeting on Global Capitalism in Transition
November 3–5, 2021 | Virtual
The Trilateral Commission launched the Task Force on “Global Capitalism in Transition” in April 2021, consisting of 30 experts and Commission members from the three regions, and conducted a series of…
Trilateral Commission | 2020 Meetings—Virtual Conversations
2020 | Online
The Trilateral Commission’s regional and plenary meetings have been postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic, but virtual conversations have been held and are available to the public on the Commission…
Trilateral Commission | 2019 Plenary Meeting
June 14–16, 2019 | Paris
The Trilateral Commission held its 2019 meeting in Paris, drawing hundreds of leaders from around the globe to promote dialogue on key issues facing the international community.
Trilateral Commission | 2018 Asia Pacific Group Regional Meeting
November 19–21, 2018 | Beijing, China
The Asia Pacific Group of the Trilateral Commission held its annual regional meeting in Beijing, gathering leaders from around the globe to promote dialogue on key issues facing the international comm…
Trilateral Commission | 2018 Plenary Meeting
March 23–25, 2018 | Singapore
Leaders from the worlds of business, government, academia, media, and civil society from North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific gathered for this year’s plenary meeting of the Trilateral Commission.
Trilateral Commission | 2017 Asia Pacific Group Regional Meeting
November 25, 2017 | Tokyo
The Asia Pacific Group of the Trilateral Commission held its annual regional meeting in Tokyo, gathering more than 70 members, guests, fellows, and invited speakers.