CSIS was a founding member of the Council for Asia Europe Cooperation (CAEC) and actively contributes to its programs and studies.
CAEC comprises 12 research institutes in Asia and Europe committed to the development of better relations among Europeans and Asians. In keeping with the track-two philosophy of involving specialists and officials (in their private capacities), CAEC is designed to help shape an effective agenda for the Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) process.
CAEC produces studies that focus on areas of common interest to Asiaand Europe, particularly in areas where gaps in writings on Asia-Europe relations have been identified. These studies are submitted to ASEM governments. The Asian part in CAEC is coordinated by the Japan Center for International Exchange.