International Forum on Global Energy Security in Beijing
The Chinese government and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy are collaborating on a conference examining common energy challenges—and opportunities—in the 21st century. On May 20-21, 2008, high-level officials and energy experts from China and the United States will engage participants in discussions on global energy security, the environment and climate change, and sharing technology that promotes energy efficiency.
Second US-China High Level Security Dialogue
From May 19 to 23, 2008, EWI led a delegation of top American security experts to Beijing for the second round of the U.S.-China High Level Security Dialogue with senior Chinese security and military specialists from the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and other Chinese institutes.
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Palais d'Egmond, Brussels
Building Trust with Turkey
EWI and leading Turkish and Belgian politicians called for more innovative thinking about the EU-Turkey relationship. During a conference co-sponsored by the Eastwest Institute, Dr. Greg Austin, an EWI vice-president, stressed that "the EU should be more creative in how it approaches Turkey for its contribution as a peace-broker and economic engine in the West Asia region." He added that "Turkey is very important for Europe. Turkey has the world's 17th-largest economy, and it has a very dynamic population. Europe cannot ignore Turkey."
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New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Yale University hosts the 4th meeting of EWI's Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy
By invitation of Yale University and its World Fellows program, the EastWest Institute held the fourth Core Group meeting of its International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy at the Yale campus in New Haven, Connecticut, April 13-15, 2008.
Session on Violent Extremism
On April 11, 2008, the CVEI, the Council for America's First Freedom and Virginia Commonwealth University will organize a session on violent extremism with Ambassador Randolph Bell. The Conference will take place in Richmond, VA.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the global phenomenon of violent extremism in the three Abrahamic faiths.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Building A Platform for Moderates III: Reconciling Religious Wisdom & Public Life in the 21st Century
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the global phenomenon of violent extremism and how it relates to religious leadership. A few discussion topics have been chosen to explore how this particular community views these issues. This process, if successful will be duplicated at a variety of locals in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia in order to draw upon the lessons, guidance, and experience of different communities.
EWI's 5th Worldwide Security Conference
The EastWest Institute’s 5th Worldwide Security Conference (WSC5), held in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the World Customs Organization, was a great success. WSC5 gathered around 750 leaders from business, civil society, governments and academia at the World Customs Organization Headquarters in Brussels from February 19 through February 21, 2008.
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MGIMO University, Moscow
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY: NEW CHALLENGES AHEAD
On February 12th, the EastWest Institute and the MGIMO University held
an expert meeting on the progressive change in the international energy
system. Held at the MGIMO University in Moscow, the "consultation" took
a long-term view of the implications of new challenges linked to energy
and climate change for global security. The meeting included some of
Russia's leading academics and energy security experts, as well as
foreign diplomats based in Moscow who offered a very future-oriented
perspective on likely global energy trends and shared their global
outlooks with respect to the energy security situation over the next
WSC pre-meeting held in Brussels: Asymmetries of Science and Power
On January 11th, the EastWest Institute held a high-level meeting on “Asymmetries of Science and Power” in Brussels. Ambassadors from Africa, Asia, and Latin America gathered to share their views on the long-term impact of science and technology on global security. The importance of technology transfer, education, and the effects of health and poverty were among the key issues raised by the participants. This discussion, the first of a series of meetings in advance of EWI’s 5th Worldwide Security Conference (WSC5), underlined the correlation between scientific developments, power relations, and future security threats.
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Madariaga European Foundation, Rue Royale 87 Brussels
BEYOND ZERO-SUM POLITICS: FRAMEWORKS FOR DELIVERING GLOBAL CLIMATE AND ENERGY SECURITY
The EastWest Institute and the Madariaga European Foundation – College of Europe Foundation are pleased to announce the launch event of our new Anna Lindh Volume on Energy and Conflict Prevention.
New York, United States
Private Sector Coordination with Governments in Response to the Threat of Bio-Terrorism
EWI, the Center for International Business Education and Research and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies hosted Dr. Mark Chandler's lecture entitled "Private Sector Coordination with Governments in Response to the Threat of Bio-Terrorism" at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. The seminar was intended to promote collaboration on issues surrounding WMD proliferation and bring the public and private sectors closer together in response to the threat of bioterrorism.
EWI CO-SPONSORS EU-RUSSIA RELATIONS CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS
The conference "EU and Russia: Friends or Rivals?" organized by the EU-Russia Centre in partnership with the EastWest Institute in Brussels on October 17th emphasized the importance of increased efforts to improve bi-lateral relations. Peter Mandelson, the Commissioner of the European Union for Trade, stated that "both parties should seek to make these relations bigger than any individual issue". The conference was attended by more than 300 people
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EWI Co-Sponsors the First European-Russian Forum
On October 1-2, 2007, EWI co-sponsored the first European-Russian Forum in Brussels. Held in the European Parliament headquarters, the Forum was attended by more than 150 representatives of the Russian-speaking community living outside Russia in Europe as well as high-level Russian and EU officials, MPs, foreign policy experts, religious leaders and entrepreneurs.
London, United Kingdom
An Energy Community for the South Caspian Region: New Benefits for Regional Players
EWI and the Madariaga European Foundation (MEF) convened a meeting of 60 representatives from the energy sector, governments, international energy organizations and academia in London on September 27, 2007, to promote the idea of improved and efficient trans-border energy cooperation in the South Caspian region. Meeting participants discussed the shape of a future “energy community” in the South Caspian region and propose specific policy “road maps” for the major players.
Senior Turkish Government Official opens Second Meeting of EWI's International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy
Egemen Bagis, Turkish Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, opened the second meeting of the Core Group of EWI's International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy, which took place in Istanbul on September 5, 2007. The meeting brought together highly regarded experts from China, Europe, India, Iran, Israel, Latin America, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the US. Participants set priorities for discussion when the entire Task Force meets in December 2007.
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World Trade Center, Moscow
Countering the Trafficking of Precious Metals
The EastWest Institute assisted The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norilsk Nickel in organizing the first session of the Informal Public-Private Working Group on Precious Metals Trafficking to identify ways of restricting the illegal trafficking of precious metals and track revenues used to fund terrorist activities.
EWI Leads Off-the-Record US-China Security Dialogue
EWI's President and CEO John Edwin Mroz led a high-level US delegation for private talks and meetings with top government officials in China, including Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (l). The delegation was hosted by the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS).
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EWI Calls for a New Response to Violent Extremism and Radicalization
EWI's Conference, "Towards A Common Response: New Thinking Against Violent Extremism and Radicalization" brought together a distinguished group of 40 policy makers, security practitioners, scholars and religious leaders from around the world.
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Inaugural Meeting of the International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy Core Group
The International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy will develop practical mechanisms to build domestic and international political will to shorten the time between "early warnings" and "early responses" to violent conflicts. The Task Force will build on previous work; address the cracks in the current conflict prevention architecture; advocate for increased capacity building; help mainstream and institutionalize conflict prevention; foster the coherence of ideas and instruments; and advocate for determined and consistent action.
An international group of 15 highly recognized experts in conflict prevention launched the Task Force Core Group. The Group receives support from a High-Level Advisory Group of eminent persons and draws on a pool of conflict prevention practitioners and scholars. The Task Force plans to mobilize a broad constituency of representatives of governments, international organizations, media, business and civil society, and serve as an advisor, initiator, innovator and advocate for preventive diplomacy. EWI is the Secretariat of the Task Force.
For more information, please visit the International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy website, http://www.preventivediplomacy.org/
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Foreign Policy, Democracy and Accountable Government
EWI VP and Head of the Conflict Prevention Program, Ambassador Ortwin Hennig rendered a presentation on the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism at the Council of Europe's international conference entitled, "Foreign Policy, Democracy and Accountable Government."
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EWI's International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy
EWI organized an informal roundtable to present the Conflict Prevention Program's flagship project, the International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy (ITFPD) to Brussels' international community and engage participants in a brainstorming exercise in order to generate constructive feedback on the project. The roundtable convened 15 participants from the Brussels NGO community, European institutions and foreign governments - all of whom attended in their personal capacities as specialists in the fields of conflict prevention and/or preventive diplomacy.
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Engaging Jordan and the Arab World
During his recent visit to Amman, Ambassador Ortwin Hennig met with political and business leaders to further the Institute's search for common ground between the Arab and Western worlds. Key global issues and possibilities for Jordan's active participation in EWI projects were explored.Remarks
World Customs Organization Headquarters, Brussels
Fourth Worldwide Security Conference: Protecting People, Economies and Infrastructure
Over 650 leaders from business, government and civil society from 70 nations participated at the Conference. Ambassador Javier Ruperez delivered the keynote address.
Other speakers included Mary Robinson, Kim Campbell, John Edwin Mroz, Michel Danet, Herman De Croo, Ambassador Busso Von Alvensleben, Gijs de Vries, Anatoly Safonov, Ambassador Boyden Gray, Madame Gao Jian, Kjell Magne Bondevik, Sadig Al-Mahdi, Petre Roman and Da'i Bachtiar.
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Cross-Border NGO Fair
The second large NGO Fair was held in Kumanovo, Macedonia as part of EWI's project on enhancing cross-border cooperation among Kosovo, Southern Serbia and Macedonia within EWI's Conflict Prevention Program. More than 250 participants, representing almost 60 NGOs, from municipalities and towns from the surrounding areas attended. The keynote address was delivered by Kumanovo Mayor Damjanovski. Marko Lovrekovic of Search for Common Ground Macedonia addressed the issue of civil society contributions to conflict transformation. EWI's Regional Director Robert Garnett focused on lessons learned from cross-border and multi-ethnic cooperation among NGOs in the region. The event was widely covered by National Macedonian television stations and local stations, as well as TV Vali from Gjilan/Gnjilane, RTV Presevo and Radio Vihor from Vranje.
Business Forum in South Eastern Europe
The city of Kumanovo in Macedonia hosted EWI's first cross-border Business Forum, as part of our efforts to enhance cross-border cooperation among Kosovo, Southern Serbia and Macedonia. Hundreds of local business representatives participated and had the chance to network and explore areas of cooperation. During the gathering, EWI also launched two business publications directed at local businesses engaged in cross-border trade. The event was covered by the Macedonian national press and local stations from Kumanovo, Presevo and Gjilan/Gnjilane.
How Regional and Transfrontier Cooperation be used as a Tool for Conflict Prevention and Settlement in the Black Sea Region
EWI convened a high-level roundtable titled, "How Can Regional and Transfrontier Cooperation be Used as a Tool for Conflict Prevention and Settlement in the Black Sea Region?". The roundtable was organized as part of EWI's policy and parliamentary initiatives within its Conflict Prevention Program. A select group of 20 participants, including government officials from the Black Sea region, representatives of multilateral organizations, business, academia and civil society, came together to face and elaborate on the fact that preventing and settling the Black Sea region’s conflicts is crucial as fractures continue to hamper the long-term development of this inter-connected area. Dubbed the “New Near East”and comprised of six littoral countries (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine), as well as Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova, the Black Sea region lies at the crossroads of Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, and is interlinked through a shared political, economic and social history. These countries compose one of the most complex and heterogeneous areas of the world.
G8 Seminar on Specific Proposals for Strengthening Partnerships Between Governments and Businesses to Counter Terrorism
Organized by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the EastWest Institute, the Seminar brought together 100 G8 and European Union government officials and experts, and 100 business representatives from around the world to enhance public-private partnerships in the areas of:
- energy infrastructure protection and new technologies;
- countering cyber terrorism; and
- the cross-border movement of people, goods, money and services.
| Report on Seminar on Specific Proposals for Strengthening Partnerships Between Governments and Businesses to Counter Terrorism
From Common Challenges to Cooperative Solutions
The EastWest Institute and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) held a joint conference titled, "Global Resource Security: From Common Challenges to Cooperative Solutions" in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office. The keynote speech was delivered by Ulrich Benterbusch on behalf of Germany’s Chief Sherpa to the G8, State Secretary Bernd Pfaffenbach. The Conference brought together renowned experts and leaders from business and government from around the world. Participants collaboratively identified and assessed global resource challenges and worked towards forging solutions.
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York
Experts' Meeting on Energy Security in Northeast Asia
Recognizing the rising importance of energy security in the Asia-Pacific region, the EastWest Institute (EWI) and the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA), in conjunction with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, held an Experts Meeting for the “Joint Project on Energy Security in Asia” at the Center for Global Partnership (CGP) in New York City. A diverse group of experts gathered to examine key energy security issues in the Asia-Pacific region and discuss ways in which NGOs can make a difference. “Security” was addressed both in terms of the stability of supply and demand in the global energy market and as protection of production and transport infrastructure. The meeting addressed competition among major powers in the Asia-Pacific region for scarce hydrocarbon resource and key challenges to the security of energy supplies in this region. The underlying goal was to define discussion topics for upcoming EWI-ERINA joint roundtables on energy security in the Asia-Pacific region.
Bitola, fYR Macedonia
Communication Across Borders Youth Camp
Fifty-five adolescents from the Prespa/Ohrid region gathered in Bitola to strenthen ties among the youth in a region marked by deep cross-border rifts and ethnic rivalries.
Ohrid, fYR Macedonia
Prespa/Ohrid NGO Council Meeting
Representatives from NGOs in the Prespa/Ohrid region gathered to further cross-border civil society development. Ways of strengthening cross-border links and building closer ties between the border communities were identified and agreed upon. Participants also elected a new NGO Council President to serve a one-year term.
Struga, fYR Macedonia
Youth Work Camp on Tourism Development
Adolescents from Struga (fYR Macedonia), Neudietendorf (Germany) and Pogradec (Albania) came together to "landmark" a hiking train in the border area of fYR Macedonia and Albania. The camp provided an opportunity for youth to impact the development of their communities by making the history and culture of the Prespa/Ohrid region accessible to tourists. We wish to thank the Robert Bosch Foundation for generously supporting this event.
Bitola, fYR Macedonia
Training Seminar for Camp Supervisors
EWI's team in Ohrid and the Youth Center Babylon offered preparatory workshops on communication for supervisors of the upcoming cross-border youth camp. Participants from fYR Macedonia and Albania had the chance to become familiar with the Camp Orientation Guide and discuss the characteristics of good leadership.
Bitola, fYR Macedonia
Social Science Education Student Meeting
Students from the Department of Public Administration of the University of Bitola and students from the Faculty of Economics from the University of Korca came together and presented and discussed the specializations of their respective departments and key issues which they can address together.
Consortium on Security and Technology - Meeting on Technology and Public Transport Security
The Consortium on Security and Technology provides a forum through which public-private partnerships are create to enhance the protection of people, economies and infrastructure against international terrorism. The Consortium includes American and European companies with multinational operations and focuses on the application of new technologies in the field of public safety. These include: supply chain and border security, critical infrastructure protection, public transport security and cyber security.
The fourth meeting of the consortium focused on technology and public transport security. It addressed effective approaches for preventing terrorist acts in public transport; currently used technologies such as CCTV; and which available technologies can help develop an anti-terrorist security system for public transport.
Second Meeting of the Energy Experts Group
The second meeting of the Energy Experts Group of the EastWest Institute’s Working Group on Energy Security and Cooperation brought together energy experts from leading energy companies as well as experts representing the G-8 countries. The goal of EWI's Working Group on Energy Security and Cooperation is to encourage Russian and Western policy makers and energy sector leaders to work together to develop long-term strategies for energy cooperation within the G-8 countries, as well as China and India. It also aims to facilitate communication channels betwen them and leading oil and gas companies.
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to read the conclusions of the first meeting of the Energy Experts Group.
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25th Anniversary Awards Dinner
The Institute celebrated its 25th Anniversary at an Awards dinner honoring Prime Minister Tony Blair with the Statesman of the Decade Award, Sanford I. Weill with the Corporate Leadership Award, and Valery Gergiev with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The dinner, at historic Guildhall in London, brought together hundreds of leaders from East to West.
Securing Access to Energy Resources
The Task Force on Securing Access to Energy Resources (SAER) met in Brussels to address issues of investment climate risk mitigation, resource nationalism and the broader understanding of the access-to-resource issues. This Task Force is part of EWI's project on "G8 Energy Security and Cooperation."