The non-partisan Pacific Council is the premier membership-based
international affairs organization focused on policy issues of special
resonance on and to the West Coast. The Council's membership consists
of a diverse network of leaders from a broad range of professions and
business sectors; our members are heavily invested in understanding
international affairs and affecting public policy. The Pacific Council
provides them with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of global
issues and their effectiveness in the international arena both
professionally and personally.
Powerful forces are transforming the world and the place of the United States in it. The economic and demographic center of gravity is moving west in North America; extremism is destabilizing international security; and the Cold War’s nuclear non-proliferation regime is unraveling. International affairs are affected as much by business action as by government policy. Globalization is moving from low-cost production to innovation in emerging markets, exacerbating social dislocations and political backlashes. Rising demand for energy and control of resources is threatening not only the global economy but also the environment and international security.
The Mission of the Pacific Council on International Policy is to address these global transformations by giving more effective voice to West Coast perspectives on them. We achieve this by:
- Building our network of globally-oriented business, civic, and government leaders
- Convening exchanges with global policy makers and opinion leaders
- Generating fresh ideas, timely research, and innovative proposals on the key issues shaping the global agenda
- Partnering with organizations around the world to promote mutual understanding and coordinated action
- Informing policy elites and the public about global challenges and opportunities
The Pacific Council on International Policy is a non-partisan organization headquartered in Los Angeles with members and activities throughout the West Coast of the United States and internationally. The Council is governed by a Board of Directors co-chaired by Hon. Mickey Kantor, former U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle, former U.S. Ambassador to the UK. Jerrold D. Green is the President and CEO of the Pacific Council. Founded in 1995 in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council is a 501c(3) not-profit organization whose work is made possible by financial contributions and in-kind support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations.
Since its founding, the Pacific Council on International Policy has enjoyed close ties with the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. The relationship is deep, organic, and mutually beneficial, as both the Pacific Council and USC share a commitment to increasing understanding of the global forces affecting the west coast, the Pacific region, and the world. Through joint programming, leadership collaboration, and facilitated connections among students, faculty, and Pacific Council members, the Pacific Council and the University continue to advance shared objectives of expanding knowledge of global trends, challenges and opportunities.