East-West Center

Founding Year: 1960

Staff: 180

Budget: $39m

Richard R. Vuylsteke (President)

Established by the United States Congress as a national educational institution to foster better relations and understanding among the peoples of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific islands through programs of cooperative study, training, and research. The center has a worldwide network “of 65,000 alumni and more than 1,100 partner organizations.” They organize student conferences, exchanges, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and other cultural events.

Thematically they focus on Environment and Climate Change; Population and Health; Innovation, Economic Integration, and Growth; Governance, Security, and Justice; Education and Professional Development.

Programs and Projects:

  • The Research Program conducts multidisciplinary research on issues of contemporary significance to Asia, the Pacific and the United States.
  • The Education Program provides graduate students with opportunities to help prepare the United States and the Asia Pacific Region for increased interdependence.
  • The Professional Development Program provides short-term educational experiences but also long-term undergraduate education.
  • The East-West Center Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) conducts a broad range of activities to enhance the quality of life in the Pacific islands. The founding mission of PIDP, established in 1980, is to assist Pacific islands leaders in advancing their collective efforts to achieve and sustain equitable social and economic development consistent with the goals of the Pacific islands region’s people.
  • The East-West Center in Washington conducts collaborative research, training, seminars, and outreach around the theme of conflict reduction in Asia. Dr. Satu Limaye is director of EWC Washington.
  • The Office of External Affairs arranges expert briefings and special events. Director of External Affairs Karen Knudsen also oversees the Center’s Arts Program and the Friends of the East-West Center community volunteer organization.
  • The East-West Center Foundation expands and enhances support for the Center. The Foundation is governed by a separate Board of Directors.


  • Policy briefs, monographs and books
  • Analysis and research papers
  • A number of series: Asia Pacific Bulletin, Asia Matters for America, Policy Studies, AsiaPacific Issues, East-West Wire and East-West Center Working Papers

HIGHLIGHTS: Asia Matters for America, a news and resource center Asian-American relations; North Korea in the World, an interactive data visualization about North Koreas international relations


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East-West Center contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.
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  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • SDG 6 -Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • SDG 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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