Trilateral Commission - Explained
What is the Trilateral Commission?
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Table of ContentsWhat is the Trilateral Commission?What is the History of the Trilateral Commission?Trilateral Commission Members by RegionAcademic Research on the Trilateral Commission
What is the Trilateral Commission?
The Trilateral Commission is an organization of a total of 325 non-government, non-partisan private citizens from North America, the E.U., and Japan. This organization seeks to foster greater cooperation between the European Union, the United States and Japan. The Trilateral Commission is seen in public eyes as a branch of the Council of Foreign Affairs.
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What is the History of the Trilateral Commission?
Founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller as an institution begain with memebrs from the nations. A number of the members of this commission were former U.S. Presidents and other political power holders.
Leadership in this union is held by three chairs: the chairs of Europe, the Asian-Pacific Chairs, and the North American Region. Each seat of power has a controlling board of executives as well as deputies.
The members of this committee meets several times each year at rotating locations to discuss platforms and other strategies.
Trilateral Commission Members by Region
The Trilateral Commission started adding economically smaller but growing countries into its structure in 2001. Mexico was the first nation other the initial three to get a number of members into the commission. Here is a list of the other nations which were admitted into the organisation as time went on:
- New Zealand
- The Philippines
- South Korea
- China (in 2011), and
- India (also in 2011).
North America possesses a total of 120 members, with 20 from Canada, 13 from Mexico, and 87 from the U.S. The E.U. on the other side has reached its maximum number of 170 members with 20 from Germany, 18 from France, Italy and Great Britain, 12 from Spain and the remaining number from other regions in the continent. Asian and Oceania were initially represented by Japan, but this has changed in recent times. Now, Asia and Oceania have a total of 117 members, with 75 from Japan, 11 from South Korea, seven from Australia and New Zealand, and 15 from the remaining participating nations in the region. Also, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have a total of 9 members in the commission. The Trilateral Commission, however, claimed that it had over 100 members from the Asia-Pacific region in 2011.
Academic Research on the Trilateral Commission
- The Trilateral Commission and the Carter Administration, Peterzell, J. (1977). The Trilateral Commission and the Carter Administration. Economic and Political Weekly, 2097-2104. [CITATION]
- Restoring Growth in the Debt Laden Third World: A Task Force Report to the Trilateral Commission, Feldstein, M., de Carmoy, H., Narusawa, K., & Krugman, P. (1987). Restoring Growth in the Debt Laden Third World: A Task Force Report to the Trilateral Commission. [CITATION]
- Agricultural policy and trade: adjusting domestic programs in an international framework; a Task Force Report to the Trilateral Commission, Johnson, D. G., Hemmi, K., & Lardinois, P. (1985). Agricultural policy and trade: adjusting domestic programs in an international framework; a Task Force Report to the Trilateral Commission.
- The Crisis of Democracy. Report on the Governability of democracies to the Trilateral Commission, Crozier, M. J., Huntington, S. P., & Watanuki, J. (2012). The Crisis of Democracy. Report on the Governability of democracies to the Trilateral Commission. Sociologa histrica, (1).
- The Trilateral Commission: The Global Dawn of Informal Elite Governance and Diplomacy, 1972-1982, Knudsen, D. (2013). The Trilateral Commission: The Global Dawn of Informal Elite Governance and Diplomacy, 1972-1982(Doctoral dissertation, Kbenhavns Universitet, Det Humanistiske Fakultet).
- The Enigmatic Trilateral Commission: Boon or Bane?, Roberts, B. (1982). The Enigmatic Trilateral Commission: Boon or Bane?. Millennium, 11(3), 185-202.
- James E. Carter and the trilateral commission: A southern strategy, Allen, M. (1977). James E. Carter and the trilateral commission: A southern strategy. The Black Scholar, 8(7), 2-7.
- Transnational Corporations and Intergovernmental Organizations: The Trilateral Commission Case, Kowalewski, D., & Leitko, T. A. (1983). Transnational Corporations and Intergovernmental Organizations: The Trilateral Commission Case. JPMS: Journal of Political and Military Sociology, 11(1), 93.
- The transnational capitalist class, the trilateral commission and the case of japan: Rhetorics and realities, Takase, H. (2014). The transnational capitalist class, the trilateral commission and the case of japan: Rhetorics and realities. Socialist Studies/tudes Socialistes, 10(1). [CITATION]
- Task Force on the Political and International Implications of the Energy Crisis to the Executive Committee of The Trilateral Commission, Brussels, June 23 , Campbell, J. C., de Carmoy, G., & Kondo, S. (1974). Energy: the imperative for a Trilateral approach. A report of the Trilateral Task Force on the Political and International Implications of the Energy Crisis to the Executive Committee of The Trilateral Commission, Brussels, June 23--25, 1974.