About 15 to 20 years ago, Don Kendall, then EWI’s Chairman of the Board, invited the Directors who were on this particular day in New York for breakfast at the River Club. This is one of the fancy clubs in New York, located at East 52nd Street and the East River. I was, at that time - contrary to today – one of the youngest Directors with a short term of service and obviously somewhat in awe of the distinguished group ...more »
Henry Kissinger, George H.W. Bush and Helmut Kohl share a laugh at the EastWest Institute's 1999 Awards Dinner Honoring Helmut Kohl as Statesman of the Decade.
April 22, 1999
Pavol Demeš, former EWI Board Member, wrote to share news of his most recent book, which he says recalls EWI's "serious contributions" to the development of U.S. - Slovak relations in the ‘90s. Published last month, Friend - Partner - Ally describes a crucial U.S. governmental visit to Slovakia in the early ‘90s, when U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle's participated at the East-West Summit in Bardejov in June 1991, organized ...more »
I believe one of the most innovative and fascinating projects that EWI did in 1990s was the creation of the Carpathian Euroregion, which later lead to the establishment of the Carpathian Foundation. The whole process started in 1992, at the time when the wars in the Balkans and in the former Soviet Union started to spread. Carpathian region incorporating 5 post-communist countries (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, ...more »
The Institute for East West Security Studies Annual International Conference.
For twenty years the EastWest Institute has boldly responded to the challenges of a world in transformation. Its current areas of heaviest involvement, the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine and neighboring states have a huge unfinished agenda. The EWI Board of Directors has made clear its commitment to have EWI remain deeply engaged for decades more until the struggle of transition is assured. As we look to the future, it is ...more »
Russia today stands at a crossroads. It has potential to become a fully-integrated member of the global economic system and a democratic state serving as a force for stability on the Eurasian continent. At the other end of the spectrum stands the possibility of a failed Russia whose disintegration would be catastrophic not only for its own people but for the world at large. At the fulcrum, is President Vladimir Putin ...more »
In the horrible aftermath of the Armenian earthquake of 1988, which left thousands dead and many more destitute, General Secretary Gorbachev rushed home following his speech at the United Nations in New York to console victims and implement rescue efforts. Glasnost' was already official policy in the USSR, and the General Secretary wanted to hear from the people. What he heard, however, came as a stunning surprise to ...more »
In the Soviet Union, so the saying went, it was all about the plan! From 1929 to 1991 the USSR operated under the infamous command economy; Moscow gave orders and set plan targets and for a third of a century of Stalinist rule those targets were either fulfilled, falsified, or people vanished into the Gulag. Unsurprisingly, as a result of this morally and economically ruinous system, accurate economic information was ...more »
In EWI's Russia and the World: A New Deal, Alexei Arbatov and Dag Hartelius affirm, "Both Russia and its neighbors and partners need to realize that the Cold War is really over and that the Soviet Union will never reappear. The international community needs to see that a strong and prosperous Russia, if based firmly on democracy, would be to the benefit of all." Without question, one of the foremost foreign policy dilemmas ...more »
Balkan Ghosts author Robert D. Kaplan has described Romania, with some 23 million inhabitants, as "the fulcrum state of Europe." Romanians practice Eastern Orthodox Christianity, derive their linguistic roots from the West and have utilized both the Cyrillic and the Latin alphabets in the past two centuries. The end of the horrendous Ceaucescu dictatorship on Christmas Eve 1989 presented the outside world with painful ...more »