Powerful forces are transforming the world and the place of the United States in it. The economic and demographic center of gravity is moving west in North America and towards the Pacific Rim globally. Islamic extremism is destabilizing international security. The Cold War’s nuclear non-proliferation regime is unraveling. International relations are affected as much by business action as by government policy. Globalization is moving from low-cost production to innovation in emerging markets, exacerbating social dislocations and political backlashes. Rising demand for energy and control of resources is threatening not only the global economy but also the environment and international security.

The mission of the Pacific Council on International Policy is to confront these global transformations through giving more effective voice to West Coast perspectives on them, by: 

  • Building a network of globally-oriented business, civic and government leaders
  • Convening exchanges with global policy makers and opinion leaders
  • Generating fresh ideas, timely research and innovative proposals on the key issues shaping the global agenda
  • Partnering with organizations around the world to promote mutual understanding and coordinated action
  • Informing policy elites and the public about global challenges and opportunities


The Pacific Council on International Policy is a non-partisan organization headquartered in Los Angeles with members and activities throughout the West Coast of the United States and internationally.  The Council is governed by a Board of Directors co-chaired by John E. Bryson, Chairman and CEO of Edison International, and Warren Christopher, former U.S. Secretary of State.  Geoffrey Garrett is the President of the Pacific Council.  Founded in 1995 in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council is a 501c(3) not-profit organization whose work is made possible by financial contributions and in-kind support from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations.

Strategic Plan 2007-2012