1990s

START OF THE DEVELOPMENT FUND

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 »

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Remembering EWI's First 30 Years - by Allen Lynch

Remarks by Allen Lynch at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the East-West Institute, May 10, 2011, Prince George Ballroom, New York City [1]


Let me first remind us of the international atmosphere of the early 1980's, when I joined the Institute:

The Russians were truly afraid of Ronald Reagan, and this fear had very practical consequences. The KGB under Yuri Andropov had launched Operation "RYAN", which directed... more »

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Morning in Moscow - 1987

The arrival of General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev on the world stage produced an endless debate in North America and Western Europe. Is Gorbachev, perestroika, glasnost, for real? Most analysis fell into the classic categories that readily divided liberals and conservatives throughout the Cold War. The EastWest Institute opted for a different approach to the Gorbachev phenomenon. While governments and NGOs the world... more »

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Reinvesting in Russia

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 »

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EWi History Photos - 1984

Pamela Johnston and James Thomas-Arnold (EWI Staff Photos, 1984)


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EWI History Photos - 1986

EWI 5th Anniversary Dinner, October 17, 1986


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EWI History Photos - 2003

Board of Directors meeting, Moscow, September 18 - 21, 2003


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EWI alumnus Vasil Hudak’s wedding, Prague, Spring 2003


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Ewi Photos - 1992

Stirin and Basel Conference, May and June 1992


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EWI History Photos - 1990

The Institute for East West Security Studies Annual International Conference.

 

June 7-9,1990

 


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Lowering the Nuclear Threshold - 1986

In 1986 an untested Soviet leader began employing a new political lexicon, and his expressions generated controversy and suspicion. As if proposing "substantial reductions of all forces in Europe" were not sufficient, there were also unimaginable words from a Soviet leader such as "dependable verification" and "on-site inspections." Given previous deceptive Soviet slogans like Stalin's "world peace campaign," the West... more »

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Potsdam Revisited - 1988

The Seventh Annual Conference for what was then IEWSS took place in Potsdam, the historic suburb of Berlin where Truman first hinted to Stalin about a potential new super-weapon called the atomic bomb, and where the victorious Allies conferred over the fate of a devastated Europe. Remarkably, within a year and a half of EWI's own "Potsdam Conference," the representatives of the East German government would watch in disbelief... more »

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Nudging Behemoth - 1989

By 1989 the communist movement was going through its final convulsions on the world stage. The ideology laid out in the Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels, imported to Russia by Lenin, imposed on East Europe by Stalin and exported to the developing world by his successors had lost whatever was left of its legitimacy. For those mired in the past, the Cold War lingered on without direction and without end. For those... more »

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When the Guns Fell Silent

The battle was to commence right here, along the deep fault in the German soil troops from the Warsaw Pact would exchange fire on NATO's elite divisions. Only a decade after the Cold War, it is easy to forget just how close it all came. The Berlin airlift, the Cuban missile crisis, an accidental misreading of an antiquated radar station on the Baltic Sea - each could have commenced the final chapter in human civilization.... more »

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Truth and Love will Win over Lies and Hatred - 1990

"Please don't talk about the good Soldier Schweik," implored Vladislav Hancil, the former head of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. "I don't like this book, it's too painful for me...because it's so true. We Czechs, we're not fighters, but how could we be...between Germany and Russia? In spite of this, we do find ways to come out of dreadful situations all right."

It didn't look like events were going to be "all... more »

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