Making a Difference

EWI’s mission is to make our world a safer and better place and to do so in ways that can be measured. The full-time staff of about 50 is complemented by a large global network of value-based “can do” women and men around the globe, providing expertise in a variety of areas. A sampling of some of our recent accomplishments:

A Productive U.S.-Russian Dialogue

EWI brings together U.S. and Russian experts to find solutions to the problem of Afghan narcotrafficking, an issue of critical concern to both countries. As part of this work, EWI facilitated the first-ever bilateral meeting on the topic of drugs demand reduction between officials from Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

An Irreplaceable China-U.S. Dialogue

EWI created and facilitates a unique U.S.-China High-Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue, involving sitting officials from the Communist Party of China and the U.S. Democratic and Republican National Committees. It "plays an irreplaceable role in promoting the state-to-state relations,” according to the CPC Central Committee. EWI also organizes the U.S.-China High-Level Security Dialogue, engaging academics, current and former government and military officials and business leaders on some of the most critical issues facing the two countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bold Ideas on U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan

Our report, Threading the Needle: Proposals for U.S. and Chinese Actions on Arms Sales to Taiwan, recommended incremental adjustments in U.S. annual arms deliveries to Taiwan, at the same time that China withdraws a portion of its short-range ballistic missiles aimed at Taiwan. Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz has called the report “bold and path-breaking.”

Development of Afghanistan and its Neighbors

EWI has created a unique forum for business leaders from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, China, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey to reframe regional challenges and develop concrete recommendations to promote regional economic growth. They delivered joint plans for reduction of trade barriers, business sector action and international support and are touring regional capitals, successfully pushing for their implementation. 

Joint Chinese-U.S. Recommendations for Cyberspace

EWI brings together Chinese and U.S. experts to propose practical cooperation to strengthen cybersecurity. Their policy report Fighting Spam to Build Trust was  flagged by a New York Times editorial as required reading for Presidents Obama and Xi before their first summit meeting in May 2013.

Women As Change-Makers
Women As Change-Makers

EWI has been working with Afghan and Pakistani women parliamentarians to increase their political influence at home—and to learn from each other. In first-ever official visits of Afghan women parliamentarians to Islamabad and of Pakistani women parliamentarians to Kabul, the participants agreed on both an Islamabad and a Kabul Action plan. The process was further joined by female lawmakers from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, as well as U.S. state legislators.