Advancing solutions for
stability, growth and sustainability EastWest Instituteâ€™s Annual Awards Dinner October 10, 2013 | Washington, DC
Advancing solutions for
stability, growth and sustainability “The EastWest Institute is challenging each of us to rethink our international security priorities in order to get things moving again. You know, as we do, that we need specific actions, not words. As your slogan so aptly puts it, you are a ‘think-and-do tank.’” Ban Ki-moon U.N. Secretary General
“This is more than a think tank—this is an institution that you call in when you want something to change.”
“What has distinguished the EastWest Institute from others in the field is its track record of combining fresh ideas with practical follow-up, which actually makes them useful to those who govern.”
t is a pleasure to welcome you to our dinner event. The theme of this evening is “Advancing Solutions for Stability, Growth and Sustainability,” and it is very appropriate for our esteemed honorees: Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Secretary William Cohen. Both of our awardees have worked in exceptionally challenging environments over the last decades, demonstrating the courage that enables positive change across the globe, and they will be presented tonight with the East West Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Secretary General Ihsanoglu’s pioneering leadership makes him a visionary for global cooperation and true intercultural dialogue. Secretary Cohen’s long and distinguished career of both public and private service makes him a remarkable world leader. I would also like to extend my warmest welcome to our many distinguished guests from around the world who are here with us this evening. Thank you for joining us tonight, and I hope that you will continue to support the EastWest Institute’s efforts to enhance peace and security throughout the world.
Ross Perot, Jr. Chairman of the Board, EastWest Institute
Hans-Dietrich Genscher Former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor
George H. W. Bush Former U.S. President
Invocation Welcome Remarks by Professor Louise Richardson Introduction of Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu by Ross Perot, Jr. Ihsanoglu Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Gen. (ret.) Jim Jones and Ross Perot, Jr.
Dinner Menu First Course Duo of Housemade Asparagus and Heirloom Beet Raviolis Toasted Lemon-pepper Brioche Batons
Award Acceptance and Remarks by Secretary General Ihsanoglu
Introduction of Secretary William Cohen by Ross Perot, Jr.
Noisettes of Lamb with Roasted Garlic Sauce Autumn Vegetables with a Cider Reduction Potato and Celeriac Galette
Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Gen. (ret.) Jim Jones and Ross Perot, Jr.
Vegetarian Option Eggplant with Thyme-scented Lentils
Award Acceptance and Remarks by Secretary Cohen
Closing Remarks by John Edwin Mroz
Individual Caramel Chocolate Bombe Coffee and Tea
Honoring Global Change Agents 2012 H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Award for Values-based Leadership Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Shinkai Karokhail, Member of the National Assembly of Afghanistan International PeaceBuilding Award Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on behalf of the Japanese people.
2011 GEORGE F. RUSSELL, JR. ECONOMIC SECURITY AWARD The Russell 20-20 EWI CYBERSECURITY AWARD IEEE EWI ECONOMIC SECURITY AWARD The Water Initiative
2010 EWI PEACE BUILDING AWARD Fethullah Gülen VALUES BASED LEADERSHIP AWARD H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak
PEACE AND PREVENTIVE DIPLOMACY AWARD Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazahstan
2008 STATESMEN OF THE YEAR George Shultz, Fmr. Secretary of State Sam Nunn, U.S. Senator Henry Kissinger, Fmr. Secretary of State Bill Perry, Former Secretary of Defense PEACE BUILDING AWARD Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei, Director, General International Atomic Energy Agency CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AWARD Joseph E. Robert, Chairman, Business Executives for National Security
2007 OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, United States of America; Founder of the Open World Program
OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD Acad. Evgeny Pavlovich Velikhov, Secretary of the Public Chamber, Russian Federation; President of the Russian Research Center, Kurchatov Institute
2006 PEACE AND CONFLICT PREVENTION PRIZE Kathryn W. Davis
2005 STATESMAN OF THE DECADE Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, British Prime Minister CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AWARD Sanford I. Weill, Chairman, Citigroup Inc. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Principal Conductor Designate, London Symphony Orchestra
2004 STATESMAN OF THE YEAR Anna Lindh, Foreign Minister of Sweden
PEACE BUILDING AWARD Sergio Vieira de Mello, United Nations Special Representative in Iraq; U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARD Alexei Kudrin, Finance Minister of Russia Professor Hans Rausing Tetra Pak
2003 STATESMAN OF THE YEAR Dr. Javier Solana, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union; High Representative for the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Leo Schenker, Senior Executive Vice President, Central National-Gottesman John J. Roberts, Senior Advisor, AIG PEACE BUILDING AWARD Doraja Eberle, Founder, Bauern helfen Bauern
2002 STATESMAN OF THE YEAR Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada
Honoring Global Change Agents
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARD John C. Whitehead, Chairman, AEA Investors, Inc. David Rockefeller
2001 STATESMAN OF THE YEAR Vojislav Kostunica, President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia LEADERSHIP IN ECONOMIC TRANSITION AWARDS Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Fmr. President of the National Bank of Poland György Surányi, Fmr. President of the National Bank of Hungary Josef Tošovský, Fmr. Governor of the National Bank; Fmr. Prime Minister of the Czech Republic PEACE BUILDING AWARDS Carpathian Foundation Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Sasakawa Peace Foundation
2000 STATESMEN OF THE YEAR Ismail Cem, Foreign Minister of Turkey George Papandreou, Foreign Minister of Greece
STATESMEN OF THE YEAR Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic Roman Herzog, President of Germany
STATESMEN OF THE YEAR Árpád Göncz, President of Hungary Michal Kovác, President of Slovakia
CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AWARD Bechtel-Enka Joint Venture
LEADERSHIP IN ECONOMIC TRANSITION AWARDS Jacques de Larosière, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD Anatoly Chubais, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator
EWI STATESMAN OF THE DECADE Helmut Kohl, Former Chancellor of Germany
STATESMEN OF THE YEAR Lennart Meri, President of Estonia Guntis Ulmanis, President of Latvia Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania
PEACE BUILDING AWARDS AKUT Search and Rescue (Republic of Turkey) EMAK Search and Rescue (Greece) Fairfax County, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Miami-Dade Urban Search and Rescue
RECOGNITION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
1998 STATESMEN OF THE YEAR Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania Eduard Shevardnadze, President of Georgia CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AWARD Vagit Alekperov, President and CEO of LUKoil
CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AWARD Donald M. Kendall, Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo., Inc.
1995 STATESMEN OF THE YEAR President George H.W. Bush Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine
1992 OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD Eduard Shevardnadze, Foreign Minister of Georgia Javier Pérez de Cuellar, Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, Prime Minister of Poland
Lifetime Achivement Award
WI’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals who embody years of distinguished and inspiring achievements. This year’s honorees—Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Secretary William Cohen—have demonstrated great vision, determination and integrity. Past winners include Valery Gergiev, artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre and principal conductor designate of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Leo Schenker, senior executive vice president of Central NationalGottesman, who is a mainstay of EWI’s leadership team as a longtime member of the board. Secretary General Ihsanoglu’s pioneering leadership makes him a beacon of hope for those who envision a day of lasting, positive change around the globe. Secretary Cohen’s career—in the Senate, the Pentagon and the private sector— makes him an extraordinary world leader. EWI is honored to confer this award on these remarkable individuals.
rof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a Turkish academic and diplomat, is currently the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations. He is known for his qualities as a diplomat, international officer, academician, intellectual, founder and member of academic institutions, author and editor of numerous publications and advocate of intercultural dialogue. He is the first democratically elected Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). After taking office as the ninth Secretary General in January 2005, he coordinated the preparations, drafting, adoption and implementation of an essential reform program for the OIC aiming to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the 57-member organization. Being at the helm of the sole intergovernmental international organization representing the Muslim World, Secretary General Ihsanoglu took major steps to bring about a significant shift of the paradigm in the OIC, including: the “Ten-Year Programme of Action to Face the Challenges of Twenty-first Century;” the new OIC Charter; changing the name and the logo of the organization; establishment of the Executive Committee; adoption of the criteria for membership and observer members; establishment of new departments in the General Secretariat such as humanitarian and family affairs departments; and establishment of new institutions within the OIC system— e.g. the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), the Science, Technology and Innovation Organization (STIO) and the Special Organ for the Development of Women. Ihsanoglu has gained international recognition for his major contribution to the rapprochement between cultures, particularly between the Muslim world and the West. He is one of the signatories of “A Common Word,” an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders, calling for peace and understanding. He has been awarded, among others, the prestigious Alexandre Koyre Medal for his contribution to the study of the history of science. The Ihsanoglu Gold Medal award was initiated by the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS).
Ihsanoglu was born to a Turkish family on December 26, 1943 in Cairo, Egypt, where he later studied science at the Ain Shams University, receiving his BSc in 1966. He obtained his MSc in 1970 from Al-Azhar University and his PhD from the Faculty of Science at the Ankara University in 1974. He conducted his post-doctoral research and studies in Exeter University, United Kingdom, 1975-1977. Ihsanoglu served from 1980 to 2004 as the founding Director General of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), an intergovernmental research center and subsidiary organ of the OIC. His special interest focuses on the history of institutions of learning in Islam and scientific and cultural exchanges between Islamic cultures and the West. He was lecturer and visiting professor at various universities, including Ankara University’s Faculty of Science (1970-1980), University of Exeter, United Kingdom (1975-1977), Inonu University, Malatya (1978-1980), Istanbul University (1984-2000) and Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany (2003).
illiam S. Cohen is the former Secretary of Defense of the United States. In 2001, Secretary Cohen ended a 28-year career in government service and entered the private sector as Chairman and CEO of The Cohen Group, an international strategic consulting company. In addition to his work at The Cohen Group, Secretary Cohen remains an active public voice on issues of foreign affairs, business and defense. In addition, Secretary Cohen is currently a member of the Board of Directors of CBS Corporation. As a freshman in the United States House of Representatives in 1974, Secretary Cohen was tasked by the House Judiciary Committee to build the evidentiary base for the impeachment of President Nixon. In 1978, Secretary Cohen won his campaign for a Maine Senate seat. During his first weeks as a Senator, he was selected to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he led the effort to reform key elements within the Department of Defense. In 1996, Secretary Cohen announced he would give up his secure Senate seat and return to private life to promote international business and a more thoughtful public discourse on national political issues. President Clinton changed these plans, however, when he asked Secretary Cohen to lead the Department of Defense, the first time in modern U.S. history when a President chose an elected official from the other party to be a member of his cabinet. At his January 1997 confirmation hearing, Secretary Cohen set forth his prioritized objectives as Secretary and completed his tenure having accomplished them all. Reversing a steady decline in defense budgets that began in the 1980s, Secretary Cohen succeeded in modernizing the military and maintaining its readiness to fight;
reversing recruitment and retention problems by enhancing pay and other benefits; and strengthening security relationships with countries around the world in order to reorient them from the Cold War to the challenges of a new era. Under his leadership, the U.S. military conducted the largest air warfare campaign since World War II, in Serbia and Kosovo, and conducted other military operations on every continent. During his tenure, Secretary Cohen held substantive meetings with foreign leaders in over 60 countries. A published author of 11 works of nonfiction, fiction and poetry; a futurist with degrees in classical Latin and Greek; the son of a working-class family who rose to the highest levels in government, it was natural for the Christian Science Monitor to call him â€œa true Renaissance Man.â€?
Award Presenters Ross Perot, Jr.
Ambassador Armen Sarkissian
Ross Perot, Jr. serves as Chairman of The Perot Group, which manages the various Perot family interests that include real estate, oil and gas and financial investments. In addition, Mr. Perot is Chairman of Hillwood, which he founded in 1988. Hillwood is ranked among the top ten real estate developers in the United States. Mr. Perot is a Founder of Perot Systems Corporation and served on its Board of Directors beginning in 1988. He served as CEO of Perot Systems from 2000-2004 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2004 until the company was acquired by Dell Inc. in 2009. Mr. Perot currently serves on the Dell Inc. Board of Directors.
Dr. Armen Sarkissian was Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia (1996-1997) and now serves as founding president of Eurasia House International.
A native of Dallas, Mr. Perot graduated from St. Mark’s School of Texas in 1977 and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University in 1981. In 1982, he completed the first helicopter flight around the world. His helicopter, The Spirit of Texas, is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. After joining the United States Air Force in 1983, Perot earned certification as an F-4 pilot and served for 8 ½ years. Perot then served as chairman of the Air Force Memorial Foundation where he led a 14-year effort to build the United States Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C., which was dedicated to the nation in October, 2006. Mr. Perot currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the EastWest Institute, serves on the board of Vanderbilt University and St. Mark’s School of Texas and serves as Co-Vice Chairman of the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan presented Mr. Perot with the Gold Medal Award for Extraordinary Service. In 2007, General T. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, presented him with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Also in 2007, he was the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. In 2008, he and his father, Ross Perot, jointly received the H. Neil Mallon Award presented by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
Dr. Sarkissian formerly served as Ambassador of Armenia (19911999) to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and The Vatican, as well as Head of Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the EU and NATO (1995-96). Since 1999, he has been Director of the Eurasia Programme at the Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge University’s Business School, with expertise in state-building structures and free market transition processes in CIS countries. He is a co-founder of Eurasia House International in London. Dr. Sarkissian has published numerous articles on economic transition in the former Soviet Union and is the author of 3 books and over 50 articles on computer modeling of complex system and theoretical physics. He has been a professor of physics at Yerevan State University; the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of London; and Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, as well as head of the Department of Computer Modeling of Complex Systems at YSU. Dr. Sarkissian holds honorary and executive positions in numerous international organizations, including Member of the Board of Directors of EastWest Institute; Member of the Editorial Board of Russia In Global Politics (foreign affairs journal); and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London University. Most recently he was invited by the World Economic Forum in Davos to speak in various panels.
General (ret.) James L. Jones, Jr.
Professor Louise Richardson
General James Jones (USMC ret.) served as the national security adviser to President Barack Obama from January 2009 to October 2010. Prior to that, General Jones was president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy. From July 1999 to January 2003, General Jones was the 32nd commandant of the Marine Corps. After relinquishing command as commandant, he assumed the positions of supreme allied commander, Europe (SACEUR) and commander of the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM), positions he held until December 2006. General Jones retired from active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in February 2007, after more than 40 years of uniformed service to the nation. In November 2007, he was appointed as the Department of State’s special envoy for Middle East security. In this capacity, he worked with Israeli and Palestinian officials in furthering the peace process, which was focused on the full range of security issues in order to strengthen security for both sides. General Jones spent his formative years in France, returning to the United States to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, from which he earned a B.S. degree in 1966. He also graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C., in June 1985.
Louise Richardson is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. A native of Ireland, she received a B.A. and M.A. in History from Trinity College, Dublin and an M.A. and Ph.D in Government from Harvard University. Immediately prior to her 2009 appointment, she was Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and was instrumental in the transformation of Radcliffe, once a women’s college, into an interdisciplinary center promoting scholarship across a wide range of academic fields and the creative arts. For 12 years she was a professor of Government at Harvard.
He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in January 1967 and, later that year, was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam, where he served as a platoon and company commander. Over the next four decades, General Jones served in a variety of command and staff positions while stationed in the United States, Europe and Okinawa, Japan. In addition to combat experience in Vietnam, his deployment experiences included tours as commander of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq and Turkey and, after advancing to brigadier general, as chief of staff of the Joint Task Force Provide Promise for operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia. In addition to having been awarded national and international military awards, General Jones received an honorary doctorate of letters in 2002 from Georgetown University.
A political scientist by training, Professor Richardson has specialized in international security with an emphasis on terrorist movements. Her publications include: Democracy and Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past (2007), What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (2006), The Roots of Terrorism (2006), and When Allies Differ (1996). She has written numerous articles on international terrorism, British foreign and defense policy, security institutions and international relations, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals and presses related to security studies. Over the past decade, in addition to her teaching and management roles, Professor Richardson has given over 300 talks and lectures on terrorism and counter-terrorism to educational and private groups as well as policy makers, the military, intelligence and business communities. She has testified before the United States Senate and has appeared on CNN, the BBC, PBS, NPR, Fox and a host of other broadcast outlets. Professor Richardson’s research has been recognized with awards from, among others, the Ford Foundation, the Milton Fund, the Sloan Foundation, the Krupp Foundation, the Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the United States Institute of Peace. She has also been awarded the Sumner Prize for work towards the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace. In March 2010, Professor Richardson was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
John Edwin Mroz John Edwin Mroz is President and Chief Executive Officer of the EastWest Institute. From its roots as a European-American initiative to bridge the divisions between Europe and Eurasia, John built EWI into one of the world’s pre-eminent non-governmental change-agent institutions. He has served as an advisor to more than 20 governments including the United States, Germany, Poland and the Russian Federation as well as the Commission of the European Union, NATO, the Council of Europe and the G-8. He has received numerous international awards including Germany’s highest award to a non-citizen in recognition of the role he and EWI played in facilitating German reunification. John completed his graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy after earning an M.A. from Northeastern University. His B.A. is from the University of Notre Dame. John is the author of a landmark book on the Arab-Israeli conflict, “Beyond Security: Private Perceptions Among Arabs and Israelis” (Pergamon Press, London and New York, 1980). He writes regularly in the international press on global change and international security affairs. John has also contributed to Foreign Affairs, as well as to journals and books on leadership and management including chapters in the Peter Drucker Foundation’s “Organization of the Future” (Jossey-Bass, 1997) and the newly released “Leaders of the Future” (Joseph Wiley, 2006). His work as a global change agent has been described in numerous volumes including “Leaders Who Make a Difference” (Jossey-Bass, 1999).
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