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.
Although we are a small group, and meet only a few times each year, we see great value in a web site that offers scholars, researchers, and the general public access to our proceedings and the major reports submitted during our meetings. We also offer links to the writings of our membership and their individual views on issues of concern (see In the News and News Archive), and we provide some basic information about the Commission, its history, and activities.
Among the newer features of our website are short video interviews with participants in Trilateral meetings. The first three sets of interviews were taped at the 2011 North American Regional Meeting in Toronto, the 2012 Annual Meeting in Tokyo, and the 2012 North American Regional Meeting in Washington. The topics of those interviews are relevant today. Click on these links to find the videos on the meeting program pages.
The 2013 Annual Meeting in Berlin was attended by over 250 Trilateral members and invited guests from the Commission's three regional groups. The highlight of this gathering was a 40th anniversary thank-you to David Rockefeller who founded the Commission in 1973. Many of those who have been at his side over the years were there to celebrate the occasion with him.
Founder David Rockefeller (front row center) at the Trilateral Commission’s 40th Anniversary meeting in Berlin, March 16, 2013, with (front row from left) Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Jean-Claude Trichet, and Minoru Makihara, and (back row) Paul A. Volcker and Michael Fuchs.
We are sorry that two long-standing leaders are retiring from the Commission: Yotaro Kobayashi, the Commission's Asia Pacific chairman since 1997, and Allan Gotlieb, the Commission's North American deputy chairman since 1991. Both have been instrumental in carrying out the Commission's mandate to further global cooperation and understanding. We all appreciate the time and effort they contributed to our work.
Yasuchika Hasegawa is now chair of the Asia Pacific Group and the Commission's Asia Pacific chairman. He is president and chief executive officer of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., and also chairman of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Chief Executives). Jim Prentice, senior executive vice president and vice chairman of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, has been elected to succeed Allan Gotlieb as Canadian Group chairman and the Commission's North American deputy chairman.
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|