Global Cooperation in Cyberspace

The Objective 

The objective of the Global Cooperation in Cyberspace program is to reduce conflict, crime and other disruptions in cyberspace and promote stability, innovation and inclusion. This page provides an overview of the initiative. You can read the detailed 2016-17 Action Agenda here. To learn more about the Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit VII which took place on March 14-16, 2017 at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, please visit

The Challenge    

Cyberspace is an essential infrastructure for business and government worldwide. Vicious cyber attacks are now a daily occurrence, making the global digital environment increasingly unpredictable and unstable. Whether you are responsible for governance, business, or simply monitoring your own personal information, cyber risk is extremely difficult to evaluate.

The Opportunity

Global cooperation is essential to successfully address existing and emerging conflicts—both in cyberspace and, increasingly, across all areas of human endeavor. To this end, the EastWest Institute began its cyber work in 2009 as the pioneer organization that initiated a global dialogue on cyberspace security, diplomacy and deterrence. Past successes have helped shorten repair times for damaged undersea cablesreduce spam on a global basis, and build bilateral confidence and trust between East and West to improve crisis response and combat malicious hackers.

Working with government, business and civil society leaders from around the world, the institute's cyberspace program has highlighted three objectives to be pursued towards a safer and more secure Internet:

  • Enhance deterrence against malicious cyber activities;
  • ​Improve the security of Internet products and services;
  • Maintain efficient information and technology flows across borders consistent with local values.

The Process

The Global Cooperation in Cyberspace program utilizes the EastWest Institute’s proven trust building process—convene, reframe and mobilize:


Since 2009, the EastWest Institute has brought together policymakers, business leaders, technical experts and civil society through its Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summits. The summits provide a crucial forum for building international, private-public actions to foster international cooperation in cyberspace.

Our past summits include:

Dallas, 2010
London, 2011
New Delhi, 2012
Silicon Valley, 2013
Berlin, 2014
New York, 2015
Berkeley, 2017

Each summit brought together between 200 and 400 leaders from more than 40 countries to craft solutions to threats facing our digital world. In 2016, we held a number of smaller focused meetings. The last summit took place on March 14-16, 2017 in partnership with the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.


In 2017, the program will continue to develop and advocate for recommended changes in national and corporate policies and procedures. The principle means of developing these recommendations is through the work of five collaborative breakthrough groups, composed of decision-makers from key sectors around the world:

Throughout the year, EWI convenes the groups through in-person events and online meetings. In 2016 EWI hosted sessions on the geopolitics of cybersecurity at the Munich Security Conference; U.S.-Russia relations in cyberspace with the Russian International Affairs Council; international encryption policy in The Hague; and security as a non-tariff trade barrier with the International Telecommunication Union. As recommendations mature, EWI will lead the preparation of reports detailing and supporting the conclusions. In 2016 the initiative published the report Purchasing Secure ICT Products and Services: A Buyers Guide. This document offers a structure for conversations between ICT buyers and suppliers, enabling governments and organizations to manage the risks they face from cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the commercial products and services they use.

EWI will develop additional recommendations in areas where it believes improved clarity or emphasis would advance the use of known techniques that could make a great difference in emerging security or stability issues.


The EastWest Institute mobilizes a global network of policymakers and specialists, all serving voluntarily, to advocate for policy breakthroughs. It will lead the mobilization for advocacy of the recommendations it develops—as well as those of its fellows and breakthrough groups—in capitals and corporate headquarters worldwide. In addition, EWI uses its Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summits to highlight and build momentum for these recommendations. 


The Global Cooperation in Cyberspace program thrives on the support and leadership provided by:

Supporters Partners
Microsoft IEEE Communications Society
Huawei Technologies Munich Security Conference
Unisys The Open Group
Sonus Networks Fudan University
Qihoo 360 University of New South Wales
NXP Semiconductors  
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies  
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation