About

The Center on International Cooperation (CIC) is a non-profit research center housed at New York University (NYU).[1] Our core mission is to enhance international responses on the countries and issues most important to conflict prevention and recovery, through direct and regular engagement with multilateral institutions and the wider policy community.

CIC’s comparative advantage lies in two areas. We work at the intersection between politics, security, justice, and development, bringing together experienced staff who can connect the four areas. Second, we focus on analysis and ideas-generation that is practical, policy relevant and sensitive to political realities and difficulties in achieving collective action on international problems. The Center has played a role disproportionate to its small size in incubating processes that have had significant influence on global policy, from peacebuilding at the UN to the international dialogue on fragile states to regional approaches to challenges such as the Afghanistan conflict, to the post-2015 agenda.

Coupled with its reputation for high-quality and actionable research, CIC generates impact from its work through a targeted communication strategy that makes use of extensive networks in governments and multilateral organizations. The Center’s relationships with the United Nations (in particular, the Office of the Secretary General, members states of the Security Council and the General Assembly, DPKO, DPA, PBSO, UNDP, and OCHA), the World Bank, the AU, the EU and the League of Arab States give it singular intellectual influence in multilateral efforts today. CIC also maintains close partnerships with think tanks in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Qatar, South Africa, UAE as well as in Europe and the US.

Its 2016-17 work plan focuses on CIC’s comparative advantage in the context of a changing global environment. It takes account of the evolving nature of violent threats, shifts in the role of middle and high-income countries in global governance, changing leadership at the United Nations and increased demands to demonstrate the effectiveness of multilateral action in a tight financial environment. The work plan has five main pillars, as shown below.

[1] CIC is a research center in the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) at NYU. It shares with NYU the status of a tax-exempt 501 (3)(c) nonprofit under the US Internal Revenue Code.

CIC Workplan