The W.P. Carey Foundation and the EastWest Institute have decided to sponsor an international conference to be held in Washington DC in Spring 2012, on the topic: “Affordable World Security.” The W.P. Carey Foundation, based in New York City, is dedicated to strengthening education as a means to promote economic and social progress and international understanding, security and peace. The EastWest Institute, also based in New York, is committed to Track II diplomacy, while seeking to inform public debates on peace and security issues and global governance, including a re-think on how leadership burdens and responsibilities in this field can best be shared.
W. P. Carey Foundation
The W. P. Carey Foundation is a private U.S. foundation, incorporated in 1988 by William Polk Carey. It has a twenty-year tradition of focused philanthropy.
Inspired by the Carey family’s legacy of educational leadership and philanthropy, The W. P. Carey Foundation’s primary mission is to support educational institutions with the larger goal of improving America’s competitiveness in the world. The main focus of our support to schools, universities, lecture series, chairs and other programs is on the study of business and economics, as well as on admissions procedures and college and career guidance.
Education has been a priority of the Carey family for generations. Descended from prominent Quaker shipper James Carey of Loudon (1751-1834), Wm. Polk Carey’s ancestors have served as the founders and deans, presidents and trustees of many schools, including: Arizona State University, Baltimore School for the Arts, Barnard College, Boys’ Latin School, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr School, Gilman School, Johns Hopkins University, Arizona State University, University of North Carolina, University of the South, Sewanee.
The Foundation has historically supported the educational institutions listed above, as well as preeminent arts and cultural institutions in New York City, the headquarters of W. P. Carey & Co. LLC, a leading global real estate financing firm founded by Wm. Polk Carey in 1973.
The EastWest Institute is a global think-and-do tank that devises innovative solutions to pressing security concerns and mobilizes networks of individuals, institutions and nations to implement these solutions.
EWI was founded in 1980 when John Edwin Mroz and Ira Wallach set out to bridge divides across the Iron Curtain. With vast networks in political, military, and business establishments in the U.S., Europe, and the Soviet Union, EWI quickly established a reputation as a trusted convener with the ability to maintain lines of communication across divides when official channels failed to do so.
We have continued our work in much the same spirit since 1989, but the “East” and “West” in our name no longer represent the political divisions of the Cold War. We have since expanded our work to become a global organization, working with the U.S., NATO, Turkey, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and many other countries in Europe and Asia.