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East-West Center Strategic Priorities East-West Center Strategic Priorities

Priority Areas

Priority 1: Develop & Equip Leaders

An influential and active network of current and emerging Indo-Pacific leaders who are innovative, culturally and technically competent, and collaboratively address issues of common concern. 

Priority 2: Convene Impactful Dialogues

A trusted and respectful convener that fosters multi-sectoral, multilateral dialogues to deepen mutual understanding, advance regional cooperation, and create collaborative solutions. 

Priority 3: Partner with the Pacific Islands

An active hub for Pacific Islands expertise in the areas of culture and arts, economics, civil society, government, environment, and sustainability; a platform to amplify Pacific Islands voices; and a bridge be-tween the region and partners.

Priority 4: Foster Environmental Solutions

A regional hub of environmental expertise and collaborative action, generating just, community-based solutions that improve ecosystem health, mitigate climate change, and foster human resilience.

Priority 5: Support Good Governance

A cooperative, international network of public servants and civil society leaders empowered to foster transparent, effective, and inclusive institutions, peaceful dispute resolution, secure economies, and respect for human rights.


Cross-Priority Strategies

East-West Center has built upon a distinctive set of core competencies that have become hallmarks of Center programs and activities.

East-West Center Distinctive Core Competencies and Strengths

  1. Exceptional programs: The Center’s specialty is bringing international leaders and scholars together to address region-wide challenges through trans-formative, experiential, and collaborative programs.
  2. Our home in the heart of the Pacific: The Center’s campus is a welcoming gathering place to convene Indo-Pacific leaders. The beauty, diversity, and rich history of Hawai‘i uniquely nurtures people-to-people ties and collaborative action.
  3. In-house expertise: The Center’s researchers and staff enrich programs with multidisciplinary perspectives and collaborate closely with participants.
  4. Diverse partner network: The Center has a long legacy of collaboration with in-country partners to share expertise and diverse perspectives, building leadership capacity across the region.
  5. Inclusive dialogue: Center staff are dedicated to sharing and connecting diverse voices of the region, fostering inclusive dialogue, and encouraging culturally informed solutions.
  6. Alumni connections: Many transformative leaders throughout the region have learned at the Center and maintain strong ties today. The Center’s influential and multigenerational network of local alumni chapters serve as hubs for East-West Center programming and outreach.
  7. Building bridges between the region and US: With its official US backing and unparalleled regional connections, EWC connects American leaders with international counterparts. The Center informs policy and strengthens people-to-people ties to address challenges together.

Priority Areas

Priority 1: Develop & Equip Leaders

An influential and active network of current and emerging Indo-Pacific leaders who are innovative, culturally and technically competent, and collaboratively address issues of common concern. 

Priority 2: Convene Impactful Dialogues

A trusted and respectful convener that fosters multi-sectoral, multilateral dialogues to deepen mutual understanding, advance regional cooperation, and create collaborative solutions. 

Priority 3: Partner with the Pacific Islands

An active hub for Pacific Islands expertise in the areas of culture and arts, economics, civil society, government, environment, and sustainability; a platform to amplify Pacific Islands voices; and a bridge be-tween the region and partners.

Priority 4: Foster Environmental Solutions

A regional hub of environmental expertise and collaborative action, generating just, community-based solutions that improve ecosystem health, mitigate climate change, and foster human resilience.

Priority 5: Support Good Governance

A cooperative, international network of public servants and civil society leaders empowered to foster transparent, effective, and inclusive institutions, peaceful dispute resolution, secure economies, and respect for human rights.


Cross-Priority Strategies

East-West Center has built upon a distinctive set of core competencies that have become hallmarks of Center programs and activities.

East-West Center Distinctive Core Competencies and Strengths

  1. Exceptional programs: The Center’s specialty is bringing international leaders and scholars together to address region-wide challenges through trans-formative, experiential, and collaborative programs.
  2. Our home in the heart of the Pacific: The Center’s campus is a welcoming gathering place to convene Indo-Pacific leaders. The beauty, diversity, and rich history of Hawai‘i uniquely nurtures people-to-people ties and collaborative action.
  3. In-house expertise: The Center’s researchers and staff enrich programs with multidisciplinary perspectives and collaborate closely with participants.
  4. Diverse partner network: The Center has a long legacy of collaboration with in-country partners to share expertise and diverse perspectives, building leadership capacity across the region.
  5. Inclusive dialogue: Center staff are dedicated to sharing and connecting diverse voices of the region, fostering inclusive dialogue, and encouraging culturally informed solutions.
  6. Alumni connections: Many transformative leaders throughout the region have learned at the Center and maintain strong ties today. The Center’s influential and multigenerational network of local alumni chapters serve as hubs for East-West Center programming and outreach.
  7. Building bridges between the region and US: With its official US backing and unparalleled regional connections, EWC connects American leaders with international counterparts. The Center informs policy and strengthens people-to-people ties to address challenges together.