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What Our Members Say

“This is a remarkable group of people, with generosity, vision, and commitment, and what they are accomplishing through Meridian 180 is having a real impact on the Pacific Rim region and around the globe.” Annelise Riles Founder and Director, Meridian 180, and Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies, Cornell Law School

“I have participated in many global academic ventures, but no other forum has melted away the boundaries of distance and language the way Meridian 180 does.” Haejoang Cho Emeritus Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Yonsei University, Korea

“The contemporary world is experiencing a new stage, similar to the globalization of the economy or the multi-polarization of the international order. In such an age we need leadership which multilaterally grasps various elements, such as law, economy, politics and security, in order to resolve problems. Meridian 180 is the appropriate platform to meet such a need.” Takayuki Kihira Partner and Attorney at Law, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Law Firm

“Meridian 180 helps me stay sharply attuned to the most pressing issues of the moment.” Anne Allison Robert O. Keohane Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Women’s Studies, Duke University

“Each carefully curated online conversation un folds over a month in a spirit of care, frankness, and succinct eloquence. The mix of reflection and the feel of direct, spontaneous conversation is a rare thing, an oasis

Transforming the Transpacific Dialogue

on the Internet.” Bronwen Morgan Professor of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia

“What takes place in Meridian 180 is ‘uncharted conversation’ that… reaches beyond individual countries, regions, professions, and domains

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of expertise.”

Yuji Genda

Professor of Economics, University of Tokyo

The Context We live in an interconnected world 


Environmental security

National security






Disengagement is not an option How do we create the new ideas for our time? 

With multidimensional and multinational challenges that overwhelm even the experts

How do we prepare our thought leaders for crises to come?



These problems…

Aging populations



Loss of faith in government

Legacies of war

Rising powers in Asia

Have no clear answers

Are shared across political boundaries Require multiple forms of expertise Lead to crises

Meridian 180: Our Story

The Solution

Meridian 180 came into being following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011. The idea was to bring together a transnational, transdisciplinary group of exceptional people – policy makers, public intellectuals, scholars from different fields – to work together to anticipate, prepare for, and prevent or mitigate future crises in the AsiaPacific region.

Barriers stand in the way of solutions     

Our goal: To build the intellectual infrastructure to address crises to come.

Hierarchies Ideologies Disciplines Institutions Languages

We recruited leading thinkers in fields as diverse as government, law, politics, the sciences, humanities, and the arts. We asked them to take part in online conversations about what they saw as the most serious problems in the Pacific Rim and beyond, and how those problems might be solved. A platform was created and translators were assembled to ensure a vibrant dialogue in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and English.

We need  

New ways to collaborate Deep and broad connections across

A Growing Community Today more than 800 members exchange ideas on line and in meetings in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, New York City, and elsewhere. Our membeship is diverse and active.

Membership by region

Meridian 180 is a joint project of the Cornell Law School, Ewha Womans University in Seoul, and Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

■ Korea ■ Japan



■ Europe, U.K.

■ Australia/New Zealand

7% 2%


Membership by field


■ Law ■ Anthropology ■ Economics and Finance



■ Political Science ■ Sociology



Japan Center at the University of Tokyo Institute of Social Science

■ Canada ■ S.E. Asia, Middle East, Latin America



Korea Center at Ewha Womans University

■ China, Hong Kong, Taiwan



■ U.S.


Korea Center at Ewha Womans University and the Japan Center at the University of Tokyo Institute of Social Science are working to define key issues and influence policy debates in that region. We are pursuing new institutional partnerships in other parts of the world.


Thought leaders who are nimble and flexible thinkers, who can see the world through other people’s lenses, who can confront complexity with hope

Meridian 180 Is Its Members

■ History ■ Other

From Private to Public Meridian 180 forums and conferences are accessible only to participants, allowing members to speak their minds and take risks in the face of unknowns. But a priority of our work is to bring the fruits of our discussions to the world. Policy proposals and research findings are published in a special series of Einaudi Center multilingual e-books.

Focus Areas 

Financial governance

Environmental governance

Data governance


Three books are now in the publication pipeline: Crisis and Hope: Experts and Intellectuals in Post-Fukushima Japan 

A Force for Sustainability, Peace, and Hope The Meridian 180 Work Model Meridian180 online forums lead to other more-focused forums, which in turn lead to face-to-face meetings. All of that, combined, leads to the writing and publishing of books, white papers and policy outreach that influence and shape the Pacific Rim and the world.

Democracy in an Age of Shifting Demographics

Changing Politics of Central Banking

What We Offer…

Forum summaries and conversations with prominent members are made available to the public on our website. We produce policy-oriented reports and offer consultations to policy-makers.

Our members

The university

The world

n Idea exchange through lively

n Global connections,

n A balanced, non-partisan,

multinational, and multi disciplinary approach to problem-solving

conferences and forums

n Opportunities to build

n Opportunities to leverage

strengths in research and teaching through resource sharing

capacities to bring about global change

n Opportunities to collaborate

audiences and impact

with other members, and to influence public policy in the Pacific Rim and beyond

n An opportunity to serve

global society in the best academic tradition

n A unique methodology for

bringing academics, policy makers, practitioners, and other leading thinkers into meaningful conversation

n New solutions for complex


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Meridian 180 English Brochure  

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