President Obama, in Hawai‘i for his annual family holiday and the Japanese Prime Minister’s historic Pearl Harbor visit, stopped by the East-West Center on New Year’s Day, meeting with new EWC President Richard Vuylsteke and outgoing President Charles E. Morrison. It was Obama’s fourth visit in office to the Center, where both his mother and step-father were students.
EWC, in partnership with Yale University and the Pacific Basin Research Center, launched the new book The Evolution of Development Thinking: Governance, Economics, Assistance, and Security at the United Nations in December. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, the book encompasses the evolution of development theories, doctrines and practices.
Journalists from 14 leading Indian and Pakistani news organizations met in Colombo, Sri Lanka, recently to map out cross-border reporting projects as a capstone event for a two-year EWC project that took Indian and Pakistani teams on reporting trips to their neighbor country. Sri Lankan Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka gave a keynote address at the program, which was supported by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.