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.