chapter  3
Organization, leadership, and funding
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book argues that the Trilateral Commission (TriCom) played a pioneering role, by proposing its establishment and operating on several levels to influence its realization. It shows that in the early 1970s, a segment of the US foreign-policy elite regrouped and connected with similar elites in Canada, Western Europe, and Japan, and formed the Commission. The TriCom, governments, and international organizations established the World Bank's Third Window, which perfectly illustrates how the TriCom participated in global governance. In its first three triennia, from 1973 to 1982, the TriCom nurtured close relationships with political decision-makers at both national and international levels. At the peak of the oil crisis, the TriCom seems to have contributed to reconciling the positions of the US and French governments in Martinique in 1974.