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Last modified: November 25, 2013, 2:56 PM
The EastWest Institute is a global think-and-do tank that devises innovative solutions to pressing security concerns and mobilizes networks of individuals, institutions and nations to implement these solutions.
EWI was founded in 1980 when John Edwin Mroz and Ira Wallach set out to bridge divides across the Iron Curtain. With vast networks in political, military, and business establishments in the U.S., Europe, and the Soviet Union, EWI quickly established a reputation as a trusted convener with the ability to maintain lines of communication across divides when official channels failed to do so.
We have continued our work in much the same spirit since 1989, but the "East" and "West" in our name no longer represent the political divisions of the Cold War. We have since expanded our work to become a global organization, working with the U.S., NATO, Turkey, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and many other countries in Europe and Asia.
Our Mission We focus on the most pressing challenges facing global peace and security and forge collective action for a safer and better world.
EWI's greatest assets are our engaged and influential Board of Directors, our diverse and dedicated staff, and our internationally renowned fellows.