The Center for Preventive Diplomacy, a nongovernmental foreign policy organization, will work to prevent regional and ethnic conflicts from erupting in the wake of the Cold War, said former U.N. undersecretary general Yasushi Akashi, during the group’s inaugural meeting Monday.

Akashi is chairman of the center, which is linked to the Japan Forum on International Relations, a private, non-profit foreign policy think tank. It was founded by 41 private organizations and 55 individuals.

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