In the hour or so I have before heading back to work let me post up information I previously reviewed about the Trilateral Commission. This is what one does for entertainment when cable television isn’t an option. Screw being spoon-fed diversionary tactics and an endless stream of ads (not that ads can be completely avoided online). Without further ado…
The “growing interdependence” that so impressed the founders of the Trilateral Commission in the early 1970s has deepened into “globalization.” That interdependence also has ensured that the current financial crisis has been felt in every nation and region. It has fundamentally shaken confidence in the international system as a whole. The Commission sees in these unprecedented events a stronger need for shared thinking and leadership by the Trilateral countries, who (along with the principal international organizations) have been the primary anchors of the wider international system. Doubts about whether and how this primacy will change do not diminish, and, if anything, have intensified the need to take into account the dramatic transformation of the international system. As relations with other countries become more mature—and power more diffuse—the leadership tasks of the original Trilateral countries need to be carried out with others to an increasing extent.
Looking at the Trilateral Commission’s Membership page:
To help preserve the Commission’s unofficial character, members who take up positions in their national administration give up Trilateral Commission membership. New members are chosen on a national basis. The procedures used for rotation off and for invitation of new members vary from national group to national group. Three chairmen (one from each region), deputy chairmen, and directors constitute the leadership of the Trilateral Commission, along with an Executive Committee including 36 other members.
Membership in The Trilateral Commission is by invitation only.
Members who especially stood out to me:
- Founder and Honorary Chairman: DAVID ROCKEFELLER
- North American Group Chairman: JOSEPH S. NYE, JR.
University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge; former Chair, National Intelligence Council and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
- North American Deputy Chairman: LORENZO ZAMBRANO
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, CEMEX, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
- Former European Chairman: PETER SUTHERLAND
Chairman, BP p.l.c., London; Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; Chairman, London School of Economics; UN Special Representative for Migration and Development; former Director General, GATT/WTO; former Member of the European Commission; former Attorney General of Ireland
- European Group Deputy Chairman: VLADIMIR DLOUHY
Senior Advisor, ABB; International Advisor, Goldman Sachs; former Czechoslovak Minister of Economy; former Czech Minister of Industry & Trade, Prague
- European Group Chairman: JEAN-CLAUDE TRICHET
Former President of the European Central Bank (ECB); Honorary Governor of the Banque de France; Chairman of the Group of Thirty; Chairman of the BRUEGEL Institute, Paris
For the record, CONDOLEEZA RICE and TIMOTHY F. GEITHNER, U.S. Secretary of The Treasury, are also listed as belonging to the North American Group (no big shocker there).
Rereading the Trilateral Commission’s bio page on Peter Sutherland:
[He] is chairman of Goldman Sachs International (1995–current). He is former chairman of BP plc (1997–December 2009). He was appointed chairman of the London School of Economics in 2008. In addition to his chairmanships listed above, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Allianz and the Advisory Board of Eli Lilly. He is currently UN special representative for migration and development. Before these appointments he was the founding director-general of the World Trade Organization. He had previously served as director-general of GATT since July 1993 and was instrumental in concluding the Uruguay GATT Round Negotiations.
Prior to this position, he was chairman of Allied Irish Banks from 1989 to 1993 and chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) from 1991 to 1996. […] From 1981 until early 1982, he was attorney general of Ireland and was a member of the Council of State. He was reappointed in 1982 and served until 1984 when he was nominated by the Government of Ireland as a member of the Commission of the European Communities in charge of competition policy. During his first year at the Commission he was also responsible for social affairs, health and education, and thereafter for relations with the European Parliament.
Lorenzo Zambrano’s bio page had this to say:
Mr. Zambrano joined CEMEX in 1968. He was named chief executive officer in 1985 and has served as chairman of the board since 1995. CEMEX is one of the world’s largest global building solutions companies; its stock is traded on the Mexican Stock Exchange and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Zambrano is a member of the IBM Board of Directors, the Citigroup International Advisory Board, and the boards of several leading Mexican companies, including Femsa, Grupo Financiero Banamex, and Televisa.
[All bold emphasis mine.]
Notably, I see once-Pacific Asian Deputy Chairman, Shijuro Ogata (former Deputy Governor, Japan Development Bank; former Deputy Governor for International Relations, Bank of Japan) is no longer on their list (as he was in 2009 when I first began this inquiry into the Trilateral Commission). Just putting that out there, whatever its relevance.
Lots and lots of banking and high-end economics people mixed in with former ambassadors and academics. Nothing too terribly exciting—a long list of major financial bigwigs doing their part to rule the world. It’s interesting to sift through the names and the businesses and institutions these people are affiliated with while connecting dots concerning what’s happening in our economy.
Just working my way through the screws and bolts of what I’ve collected over the years that have given me reason to pause and wonder. More info to come as time permits.