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Governments alone cannot deliver peace or security. Where discussions between governments fail to settle conflicts, the EastWest Institute steps up to facilitate conversations, build trust, and help resolve disputes and  misunderstandings.

Such initiatives, also known as Track Two initiatives, draw on our wide networks of business, government, and NGO leaders around the world. We bring  together officials and specialists in their private capacities and open diplomatic channels not possible on the official level.

EWI has long been recognized as a leader in Track Two diplomacy. We have used our networks to bridge divides between NATO and the Soviet Union in the  1980s, and continue to use it to defuse tension points between the global and regional powers, including the U.S., the EU, Russia and China.

In addition to our traditional expertise in the U.S. Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region, we are employing these models to  begin resolving conflicts in the Middle East and central Asia, with fledgling projects in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Afghanistan.

Brussels, Belgium
Photo: Registration Open for the Sixth Annual Worldwide Security Conference
Registration Open for the Sixth Annual Worldwide Security Conference
The EastWest Institute is partnering with Italy, 2009 Chair of the G-8, and the World Customs Organization to host the sixth annual Worldwide Security Conference (WSC6) in Brussels on February 18 and 19. The conference will generate fresh ideas on preventing and responding to terrorist attacks while protecting economic and social interests. WSC6 will bring together hundreds of leaders from business, government, civil society, and media.
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Photo: New Measures Towards Security in Afghanistan
New Measures Towards Security in Afghanistan
Leading figures from Afghanistan, including Dr. Zia Nezam, Afghan ambassador to the EU and NATO, called for new strategies to address the country's problems in an EWI meeting conducted under Chatham House rules. Speakers recommended concrete next steps, including new command and control arrangements for the wavering operations of the International Security Assistance Force and honest evaluations of effectiveness and efficiency of development funding. More
Photo: Fresh Ideas for European Security
Fresh Ideas for European Security
Dmitry Rogozin, Russian Ambassador to NATO, challenged Western leaders to work with Russia on new European security arrangements. Ideas emerging from the meeting included: a proposal for a European summit that includes political leaders and heads of all relevant regional security and economic organizations; a new joint command structure of relevant actors in Southeast Europe and the Caucasus; and a proposal for renovation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. More
UN Headquarters, NY
Photo: EWI Leading the Push for a U.N. Breakthrough on WMD
EWI Leading the Push for a U.N. Breakthrough on WMD
The EastWest Institute is leading a coalition of NGOs and think-tanks to convene a conference at the United Nations on October 24 to help break the log-jam in global efforts to control and reduce stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver the keynote speech. Other speakers include former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and representatives from China, India, Iran, Japan, Pakistan, the U.S. and several other countries. More | Media Coverage | Conference Agenda
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