The Pacific Northwest Center for Global Security and the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington have established The Institute for Global and Regional Security Studies (IGRSS). The Institute works to enhance international security education at the University of Washington by expanding the University's teaching, research and public outreach programs on the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other international security issues. It also forms the basis for the interaction between the
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) science and engineering staff and academic students involved in international studies. Also at University of Washington: The Department of Political Science and the Global Trade Transportation and Logistics Studies.
NTI is working to close the growing and increasingly dangerous gap between the threat from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and the global response by (1) taking direct action to reduce the threat through start-up, pilot, and model initiatives that the government and private sector could replicate on a larger scale, and (2) encouraging others to take action to reduce the threat by being a catalyst for action, working to promote dialogue, building common ground, and increasing public awareness of the gaps between the threat and the response. (On behalf of NTI, Battelle Memorial Institute prepared Debt for Nonproliferation: A Concept Development Proposal for the Design and Operation of a Russia Nonproliferation Fund in 2002.)
The Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation is a strategic partner with PNNL in the implementation of the Nuclear Cities Initiative. FRAEC, established in 1990, is a premier NGO in business and trade work in Russia, and represents a major stakeholder in Russian affairs in the Northwest. The PNNL/FRAEC partnership have jointly established International Development Centers in two closed Nuclear Cities in the Russian Federation. These centers, the IDCs, are established to assist the cities in the transition to a more open market economy.
The Washington State China Relations Council, founded in 1979 following the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, is a private and non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting stronger commercial, educational, and cultural relations between the state of Washington and the People's Republic of China. The Council is the oldest non-governmental statewide trade association dealing specifically with China.
The NBR, a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution, conducts advanced research on policy-relevant issues in Asia. It also serves as the global clearinghouse for Asia research conducted by specialists and institutions worldwide. NBR maintains research programs on security concerns, economic growth, governance questions, politics, international relations, and U.S. interests in Northeast Asia, Eurasia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Asia Pacific regionally.