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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 2023-2025 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 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

Download Our September 2023-August 2025 Business Plan

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