Year in Review: Most-Read Articles of 2016

News | December 20, 2016

In no particular order, here are EastWest Institute's Ten Most-Read Articles of 2016.

Hiring Our Next President: Eliminating Emotional Bias from the Voting Booth

"Whether the person looks like you, talks like you or claims your political party is inconsequential.  What is consequential is how that candidate will keep you safe, improve the economy and make your overall quality of life better; or at least not worse."

Cyberspace Initiative 2016-2017 Action Agenda

In 2016, EWI will advocate for change in cyberspace security policies in governments and corporate headquarters worldwide, including recommendations that will help convict more cyber criminals, make information and communications products more secure and slow the cyber arms race. New work areas include addressing such international cyber challenges as the spread of strong encryption and the Internet of Everything. This and other work will be supported through working meetings in person and online."

Afghanistan Reconnected: Sustaining Regional Cooperation in an Insecure Environment

EWI convened a roundtable discussion “Sustaining Regional Cooperation in an Insecure Environment,” on March 10, 2016, in Brussels. The event, held in the framework of EWI’s “Afghanistan Reconnected Process,” aimed at discussing with Brussels-based practitioners and interested organizations the perspectives developed by participants in the Afghanistan Reconnected Process since its inception. For the occasion, EWI brought to Brussels a number of active participants in the Process from Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, who shared their direct experience dealing with energy, trade and transit issues in Greater Central Asia.

Why Domestic and International Counterterrorism Efforts Fail in Europe

"It is important to note that there are still countries that prefer to believe that they are immune to the threat of terrorism, consoling or deluding themselves that at best their sovereign territories and airports are just transit routes, nothing more. If the international community in general, and Europe in particular, do not get their act together soon and adopt the needed tools and cooperative means, the worst may still lay ahead of us."

EastWest Institute Launches Cybersecurity Guide for Technology Buyers

“Buyers want more secure ICT products and services and ICT suppliers want to become trusted sources of technology for their customers,” said Bruce McConnell, EWI Global Vice President who heads the institute’s Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative. “These guidelines recognize the significance of the global ICT supply chain. They have been developed to improve cybersecurity while avoiding the creation of unnecessary trade barriers.” 

U.S.-China Sanya Initiative 6th Meeting Report

The EastWest Institute (EWI), in partnership with the China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC), convened the sixth meeting of the U.S.-China Sanya Initiative from December 4 to 7, 2015. Senior retired flag officers of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force traveled to Beijing, China to meet with retired flag officers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to discuss critical issues in the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship. The delegations spent one-and-a-half days in off-the-record dialogue and also met with sitting members of China’s Central Military Commission.

Afghanistan Reconnected: Cross-Border Cooperation at a Critical Juncture

The EastWest Institute’s high-level conference “Afghanistan Reconnected: Cross-Border Cooperation at a Critical Juncture,” held on June 3-5, 2016 in Istanbul, analyzed the ongoing progress in regional energy projects; the development of alternative shipping ports in Iran and Pakistan in cooperation with India and China, achievements and setbacks in terms of cross-border transit, and the growing role of joint chambers of commerce.

EWI and ICS-ISAC Launch New Platform for Safer Cyber Communities

This portal, the EWI Information Sharing Community, will enable public and private sector individuals and organizations to share information in the form of articles, documents, conversations, and technical information. It will provide open collaborative areas where EastWest Institute's network, the ICS-ISAC members and other security and infrastructure industry professionals can create and post information and comments, as well as private spaces where communities can share knowledge within appropriately limited populations.

Is “Distributed Lethality” the Future of Naval Surface Warfare?

"Distributed Lethality is about having such overwhelming offensive superiority that no potential threat would consider attacking. And if for some reason they did attack, they would lose decisively and rapidly. Distributed Lethality returns the surface navy to its most fundamental instincts as warfighters. The concept is intuitive and has a long historical precedent, dating back thousands of years to some of the earliest strategic writings."

2016 Nextgen Essay Contest

Launched by the EastWest Institute (EWI) in 2010, Nextgen is a platform that connects the next generation of foreign policy professionals with today's renowned experts in the field. Nextgen gives you the opportunity to engage and learn about today’s leading global issues and to voice your views and ideas. This year, the contest admitted essays on one of four important topics.