Advancing Effective Multilateral Action to Prevent Crises and Build Peace, Justice, and Inclusion
The Center on International Cooperation (CIC) is a nonprofit research center housed at New York University. For over two decades, CIC has been a leader in applied policy that links politics, security, justice, development, and humanitarian issues.Read the 2023-2025 CIC Business Plan
Our mission is to strengthen cooperative approaches among national governments, international organizations, and the wider policy community to prevent crises, and advance peace, justice, and inclusion.
CIC’s comparative advantage lies in three areas:
- CIC has staff with expertise in politics, security, justice, humanitarian responses and sustainable development. As an institution, we forge links between these different areas.
- We focus on analysis and idea generation that is principled, practical, and policy relevant. CIC is ambitious while also being sensitive to evolving political realities and constraints on collective action in response to international problems.
- CIC has built up a strong understanding and relationships of trust with multilateral institutions over the past two decades. We have a proven track record of working closely with member states and organizational leadership of the United Nations (UN) and the international financial institutions (IFIs).
CIC, as part of New York University, is at the heart of a leading research university that spans the globe. Our team includes leading researchers and policy experts of the highest caliber in their areas of expertise who embody the diversity of the global society in which we live in. Meet our entire team here.
Congo Research GroupThe Congo Research Group (CRG) program was founded in 2015 to promote rigorous, independent research into the violence that affects millions of Congolese. Today, CRG’s bilingual research aims to explain the complicated interplay among politics, violence, and political economy in the Congo to a wide audience.
Crisis Prevention & PeacebuildingThe Peacebuilding, Prevention, and Protracted Crises program supports efforts to strengthen the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus for countries in crises, and crisis prevention initiatives, which focus on three critical areas of work—operationalizing prevention at the United Nations, data-driven approaches to peace, and the Good Peacebuilding Financing initiative.
Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive SocietiesCo-founded in 2017 and hosted by CIC, the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership that brings together 43 UN member states, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to accelerate delivery of the sustainable development goal targets for peace, justice, and inclusion (SDG16+).
Promoting and Defending MultilateralismThe Promoting and Defending Multilateralism program was born out of the awareness that collective action is crucial to address twenty-first century challenges, from conflict to economic instability to global health and climate threats in a period of growing tensions and polarization. This program focuses on making the case for action and solutions, UN-IFI cooperation, and UN senior appointments.
The world continues to face a disconnect between the accelerating speeds and frequency of shocks and the capacity of the multilateral system to respond to them. 2022-23 saw widening divides between the Global North and the Global South, increased tensions in world order and geopolitical competition— especially over the invasion of Ukraine, socioeconomic issues, and approaches to human rights.
- Significant multilateral reform opportunities
- Results at country and global level on the Sustainable Development Goals
- Forgotten crises
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