From its very founding, and at critical moments in its history, the EastWest Institute has been blessed with leaders of exceptional wisdom, imagination and intelligence. Their support, guidance and generosity have made EWI an unusual and effective "think and action tank." We pay tribute to and celebrate the lives of those whose accomplishments and personal commitment to making the world a safer place have inspired us all.
With the passing of William E. Murray on August 4, 2007, EWI lost a great friend and pillar who, with great insight on our changing world and a unique ability to identify future challenges, helped shape the Institute and its work.
EWI pays tribute to our Co-Founder Ira D. Wallach (1909 - 2007). We honor him for his faith in the idea of EWI, his wisdom and guidance over the years, and his lifetime of accomplishment.
Krzysztof J. Ners' career at the EastWest Institute was defined by his desire to see post-Communist societies, such as his homeland Poland, transformed into successful democracies and functioning market economies.
EWI has been likened to a "unique family" that spans nationality, age, social status and any other barriers. When Yukata Akino was murdered in Tajikistan in 1998 while on a UN peace mission, we mourned deeply.
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