Mission Statement

The defining foreign policy challenges of the twenty-first century are global in nature. To help direct high-level international attention and effective policy responses to these threats and opportunities, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has created a Council of Councils (CoC). The CoC is composed of twenty-eight major policy institutes from some of the world's most influential countries. It is designed to facilitate candid, not-for-attribution dialogue and consensus-building among influential opinion leaders from both established and emerging nations, with the ultimate purpose of injecting the conclusions of its deliberations into high-level foreign policy circles within members' countries.

About the Council of Councils

The membership of the Council of Councils includes leading institutions from twenty-four countries, roughly tracking the composition of the Group of Twenty (G20). The network facilitates candid, not-for-attribution dialogue and consensus-building among influential opinion leaders from established and emerging nations. A list of member organizations is available on the Council of Councils roster page.

The membership of the Council of Councils includes leading institutions from twenty-four countries, roughly tracking the composition of the Group of Twenty (G20). The network facilitates candid, not-for-attribution dialogue and consensus-building among influential opinion leaders from established and emerging nations. A list of member organizations is available on the Council of Councils roster page.

In addition to an annual conference, the Council of Councils provides an ongoing exchange for research and policy collaboration among its members, including during regional conferences hosted by members. The group also considers long-term structural reforms that would enhance the global governance capacity of leading international institutions.

The Council of Councils initiative is funded by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation, as part of its ongoing support for CFR's International Institutions and Global Governance program.

Member Roster

Argentina

Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI)

Australia

Lowy Institute

Belgium

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Brazil

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

Canada

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

China

Institute of International and Strategic Studies (IISS)

China

Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)

France

French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)

Germany

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

India

Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

Indonesia

Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Israel

Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)

Italy

Institute of International Affairs (IAI)

Japan

Genron NPO

Mexico

Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI)

Nigeria

Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA)

Poland

Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

Russia

Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP)

Russia

Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR)

Saudi Arabia

Gulf Research Center (GRC)

Singapore

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

South Africa

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

South Africa

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

South Korea

East Asia Institute (EAI)

Turkey

Global Relations Forum (GIF)

United Kingdom

Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs)

United Kingdom

International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

United States

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)