Welcome to the website of the Trilateral Commission.

The Commission was originally created in 1973 to bring together experienced leaders within the private sector to discuss issues of global concern at a time when communication and cooperation between Europe, North America, and Asia were lacking. The Commission has grown since its early days to include members from more countries in these regions, and it continues to find that study and dialogue about the pressing problems facing our planet remain as important today as in 1973. Problems and threats have changed, but their importance has only increased due to the more interconnected and interdependent world in which we now live.

We hope you find the information on this website helpful in understanding the broad range of interests and views of the Trilateral membership.

Jean-Claude Trichet Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Yasuchika Hasegawa
European Chair North American Chair Asia Pacific Chair


A Tribute to Tom Foley, North American Chair 2001 – 2007
Thomas S. Foley, former North American Chairman of the Commission, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, died on October 18, 2013. He was widely respected for his open and fair minded approach to problems he faced in government and out, much consulted for his wise judgment and unvarnished analysis, and much loved by all within the Commission. Among the many tributes offered to him were those delivered in a U.S. Capitol ceremony by President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton