CIGI Founding Member of Council of Councils, Linking World’s Major Foreign Policy Institutes

Waterloo, Ont. (PRWEB) March 14, 2012

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is proud to announce its membership in the inaugural Council of Councils.

Launched these days in Washington, D.C., by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) , the Council of Councils is an international initiative to connect major foreign policy institutes from about the world in a widespread conversation on issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. The mission of the Council of Councils is to locate typical ground on shared threats, build help for innovative concepts, and inject remedies into the public debate and policymaking processes of member countries.

The founding membership of the Council of Councils consists of top institutions from nineteen countries, roughly tracking the composition of the Group of Twenty (G20). The network will facilitate candid, not-for-attribution dialogue and consensus creating among influential opinion leaders from established and emerging nations. CIGI is the Council of Councils’ sole Canadian member organization.

CFR will convene the inaugural Council of Councils conference on March 1213 in Washington, D.C. Participants will tackle four main themes at this first gathering:

    the general state of international governance and multilateral cooperation
    the status of the nuclear nonproliferation regime (with a concentrate on Iran)
    the U.S. dollar’s future as the world’s reserve currency
    the criteria for humanitarian intervention, in the wake of regime alter in Libya and the ongoing crisis in Syria

Transcripts from two on-the-record sessions of the conference, featuring President of the World Bank Robert B. Zoellick and Undersecretary of State Robert D. Hormats, will be offered on following the occasion.

In addition to an annual conference, the Council of Councils will give an ongoing exchange for research and policy collaboration amongst its members. CFR and its international partners will experiment with new technology, making use of state-of-the-art videoconferencing, wikis, and mobile platforms to collectively communicate and respond to breaking crises. The group will also take into account lengthy-term structural reforms that would enhance the international governance capacity of major international institutions.

To see the complete list of founding Council of Councils member organizations, visit

“Innovative governance approaches to global challenges underlie CIGI’s mission,” said CIGI Executive Director Thomas A. Bernes. “The new Council of Councils is a further step in working with our global partners to search out the very best policy assistance and amplify its delivery to policy makers.”

CFR President Richard N. Haass stated, “The defining foreign policy challenges of the twenty-very first century are global in nature. The Council of Councils draws on the best thinking from around the world to assess emerging threats and opportunities and formulate responses to them.”

The Council of Councils initiative is funded by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation, as element of its ongoing assistance for CFR’s International Institutions and Global Governance plan.

CIGI MEDIA Make contact with:    

Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI

Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 356, E-mail: dkelly(at)cigionline(dot)org

CFR MEDIA Make contact with:

Anya Schmemann, Director of Communications, CFR

Tel: 202.509.8419, E mail: aschmemann(at)cfr(dot)org


The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports investigation, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates concepts for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of investigation, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary function includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities about the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Study In Motion (RIM), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges assistance from a quantity of strategic partners, in certain the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For far more details, please pay a visit to

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, feel tank, and publisher dedicated to getting a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to aid them much better comprehend the globe and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other nations. CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.

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