Wednesday, January 20, 2021

EastWest Institute Folds, Citing Coronavirus Pandemic

Here is more from the EastWest Institute (EWI), a think tank that focuses on international conflict resolution:

After four decades of distinctive service, the EastWest Institute’s (EWI) Board of Directors has resolved to establish a partnership with the College of Charleston to preserve the legacy of EWI visionary founder and leader, the late John Edwin Mroz; transition its programs to four new organizations to secure their continuity; and discontinue operation under the current business model, effective January 31, 2021. This decision was taken at the conclusion of a four-month strategic assessment in light of increasing challenges resulting from the global pandemic and related financial challenges facing many nonprofit organizations. The Board unanimously and enthusiastically approved the transition plan.

The second element of the transition involves the transfer of EWI’s ongoing programmatic work to four highly-respected foreign policy organizations: the Stimson Center, Observer Research Foundation America, the Atlantic Council and the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations.


The New York-based EWI, originally known as the Institute for East-West Security Studies, was founded in 1980.  In addition to its New York City headquarters, the think tank also has offices in San Francisco, Brussels, and Moscow.