Founded in1980, the EastWest Institute is a global, action-oriented, think-and-do tank.EWI tackles the toughest international problems by:
Convening for discreet conversationsrepresentatives of institutions and nations that do not normally cooperate. EWIserves as a trusted global hub for back-channel “Track 2” diplomacy, and alsoorganizes public forums to address peace and security issues.
Reframing issues to look for win-win solutions.Based on our special relations with Russia, China, the United States, Europeand other powers, EWI brings together disparate viewpoints to promotecollaboration for positive change.
Mobilizing networks of key individuals from boththe public and private sectors. EWI leverages its access to intellectualentrepreneurs and business and policy leaders around the world to defusecurrent conflicts and prevent future flare-ups.
U.S.-Russia Joint Threat Assessment on Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Potential. The release of this first-ever JTA of Iran’s nuclear and missile potential by American and Russian experts was a pioneering accomplishment. The report served not only as a bridging document between the two sides but also contributed to a major policy shift by the United States and received major media coverage. Subsequently, the Obama administration scrapped plans for a missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic, opting instead for new missile defenses to counter the potential threat represented by Iran’s short-range and medium-range missiles. The JTA had argued that this was a far more pressing need than defenses against long-range missiles.
U.S.-Russia High-level Strategic Dialogue. Continuing its commitment to Track 2 dialogue, EWI brought a U.S. delegation (William Perry, James Wolfensohn, Donald Kendall, Admiral Harry Ulrich) to Moscow for meetings with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other senior officials. In other settings, including a series of Washington dinners hosted by Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak for top policy makers, both sides held in-depth discussions on key issues like Iran, arms control and European security.
The EastWest Institute has been a pioneer in the field of confidence building across some of the biggest political divides in the three decades since it was set up. It has worked with leaders from Reagan and Gorbachev, to Putin and Bush. It has worked on building confidence between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and between the independent states of the former Yugoslavia. It enjoys a very high reputation among the senior officials it works with, but is less well known in public because much of its work remains private. EWI enjoys the financial support of some of the most prominent philanthropists and leading global corporations.