The UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through education and research, with an eye to building a Pacific community and addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. By providing timely and in-depth analysis of China’s economic, political, and societal transformation, the school’s 21st Century China Program helps inform policy discussions on China and U.S.-China relations.
In Northeast Asia, finding credible approaches to mitigate tensions and promote dialogue is a critical need. The unpredictability in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, escalating territorial disputes, and frosty relations between some of the region’s major powers have all contributed to heightened tensions and unease regarding long-term prospects for stability and security in the area.
Professor Susan Shirk, director emeritus of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and chair of the 21st Century China Program, founded the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD) in 1993. This unofficial “track-two” forum meets annually for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials, as well as academics from the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the Koreas.
Private support helps both the school and institute produce collaborative research on security, diplomacy, and foreign policy, build bridges between the theory and practice of international policy, and pursue ways to prevent global conflict while promoting cooperation.
During the 2013–14 fiscal year, UC San Diego received three significant gifts and grants totaling $2.1 million for research on domestic and foreign policy, as well as security issues in China and Northeast Asia. An anonymous donor gave $1 million to support the 21st Century China Program, marking the largest gift to this program in its history. In addition, the Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded a $600,000 grant to the 21st Century China Program and a $500,000 grant to IGCC to fund NEACD’s annual meetings through 2016.