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Who We Are

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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 2022-2024 CIC Business Plan

Our Mission

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:

  1. CIC has staff with expertise in politics, security, justice, humanitarian responses and sustainable development. As an institution, we forge links between these different areas.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).


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Promoting a Better Future

The world continues to face complex and intertwined shocks: 2021-2022 saw not only the deepening of the second-generation effects of COVID-19, with a widening disconnect in recovery, but also the multiple global impacts of the Ukraine war. Three elements will characterize the environment for CIC’s work in over the course of the next two years:

  • Under-attended trends in conflict risk
  • A narrow member state focus on the impact of the three crises we have seen in quick succession, compounding each other (pandemic-economic and social tensions-Ukraine invasion)
  • New openings for action

Download Our September 2022-August 2024 Business Plan

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