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EWi Awards Dinner 2012 Programme


  • Advancing Global LeadershipEastWest Institutes Awards Dinner 2012New York City, September 27, 2012

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  • 3It is a pleasure to welcome you to this evenings awards program. As chairman of the EastWest Institute, I have long been impressed by the outstanding work our organization is doing to make this world a safer and better place. EWIs Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention has brought us the

    distinction of working side by side with two of tonights honorees, the Hon. Dr. Fehmida Mirza of Pakistan and the Hon. Ms. Shinkai Karokhail of Afghanistan. These impressive leaders have worked in exceptionally challenging environments, embodying the courage that will be needed to bring about substantial, lasting change for the better.

    Our honorees will be jointly presented with the first-ever H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Award for Values-based Leadership, named for the wife of the late Sheikh Zayed of the United Arab Emirates. Known as "the mother of the nation," she founded the first UAE womens organization: the Abu Dhabi Society for the Awakening of Women in 1973. She also launched a nationwide campaign for the education of young girls.

    I am also honored to welcome the Hon. Mr. Koichiro Gemba, who now serves as Japans Minister of Foreign Affairs. A reform-minded leader, Gemba has worked to enhance his countrys energy policies, agriculture and fiscal structure. We will present EWIs International Peace Building Award to Gemba, which he will accept on behalf of the people of Japan for their commitment to the nation and people of Afghanistan.

    I would also like to extend my warmest welcome to our many distinguished guests in attendance tonight, especially those representing Afghanistan, Pakistan and the UAE. We are especially honored to hear from H. E. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Foreign Minister of Afghanistan.

    Thank you for joining us and I hope that you will continue to support the EastWest Institutes efforts to enhance peace and security throughout the world.

    Ross Perot, Jr.Chairman of the Board, EastWest Institute



    With 30 years of history building cooperation across daunting political divides, the EastWest Institute continues its mission to convene key leaders, forge real solutions and provide cutting-

    edge thought leadership on international security issues. Our team works from New York, Brussels, Moscow and Washington to break deadlocks and lay the groundwork for a peaceful future.

    EWI tackles the most challenging problems, including the uncertain realm of cybersecurity; the relationships between large powers such as the United States, Russia and China; and the complex and changing security environment of Afghanistan and Southwest Asia.

    We have never been a regular think tank, and much of EWIs most important work convening unofficial Track 2 and semi-official Track 1.5 meetings on some of the worlds most pressing security challenges is confidential. These meetings, which take place in capitals and countrysides, build relationships and shore up common ground between parties with different interests.

    EWI also provides the public discourse with an important voice of reason, proposing solutions to problems most think are intractable, and arguing for the power of cooperation in times of friction. Our experience has shown that the hard work of building a better and more secure world begins with bringing people together.

    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

    Detail from the Sheikh Zayed Bin Nahyan Mosque, Abu Dhabi


    Official Commencement by Gen. (ret.) T. Michael Moseley

    Welcome Remarks by John Edwin Mroz

    Overview of EastWest Institutes Regional Security Program by Amb. Dr. Beate Maeder-Metcalf

    Introduction of Hon. Dr. Fehmida Mirza by Ross Perot, Jr.

    H.H Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Award Presentation by Ross Perot, Jr., Sarah Perot, Haifa Al Kaylani, Gen. (ret.) Jim Jones

    Award Acceptance and Remarks by Dr. Donya Aziz, Shezreh Mirza

    Introduction of Hon. Ms. Shinkai Karokhail by Ross Perot, Jr.

    H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Award Presentation by Ross Perot, Jr., Sarah Perot, Haifa Al Kaylani, Gen. (ret.) Jim Jones

    Award Acceptance and Remarks by Hon. Ms. Shinkai Karokhail

    Remarks by H.E. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Foreign Minister of Afghanistan

    Introduction of Hon. Mr. Koichiro Gemba by John C. Whitehead

    International Peace Building Award Presentation by John C. Whitehead, Prof. Gerald Curtis, H.E. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, John Edwin Mroz

    Award Acceptance and Remarks by Hon. Mr. Koichiro Gemba

    Dinner and Dessert

    Closing Remarks by John Edwin Mroz

    Dinner Menu

    Heirloom Tomato Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella

    Filet Mignon with Perigord Winter Black Truffles and Anna Potato

    Four Seasons Chocolate Souffl

    Coffee & Tea Service

  • 6From extremism and terrorism to economic underdevelopment, the most pressing challenges faced by Afghanistan and Pakistan demand joint solutions. Peace and prosperity in one country will not be possible without

    peace and prosperity in the other.

    The EastWest Institutes Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Pre-vention initiated its Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in 2010 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325, which declared that wom-ens active participation in conflict resolution is essential for building peace and stability. This group actively works with parliamentarians worldwide to strengthen the role of women in political life, and in conflict resolution and peace building in Afghanistan and Pakistan in particular.

    During the past two years, the group has worked to bolster the role of Afghan women parliamentarians (MPs) in their efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous region. In addition to supporting Afghan women MPs as they exert influence on political processes, the work-ing group enhances cooperation between Afghan and Pakistani women parliamentarians as a way to increase stability in the region.

    In the most recent effort, in April 2012, the Parliamentarians Net-work, in partnership with the Womens Parliamentary Caucus of the National Assembly of Pakistan, convened the first-ever official delegation of Pakistani women parliamentarians to visit Afghanistan. This delegation, which visited Kabul, was a step toward implement-ing the Islamabad Action Plan, a set of commitments outlined by Afghan and Pakistani women parliamentarians during their previous EWI-sponsored meeting in Islamabad in June 2011 .

    Pakistani law makers and their Afghan counterparts met with: Afghan President Hamid Karzai; Masoom Stanikzai, advisor to the president on internal security and head of the secretariat of Afghani-stans High Peace Council; Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul; Speaker Haji Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi of the lower house; and members of the Wolesi Jirga Commission on Womens Affairs, Civil Society and Human Rights.

    The overall purposes of the delegation were to strengthen this new channel for building trust between the two countries, define a clear joint program of action based on common priorities, and give Afghan women parliamentarians much-needed support at a crucial time.

    We must put women at the front and center of peace processesin nego-tiation and media-tion, post-conflict governance and reconstruction.

    Ban Ki-moonUnited Nations Secretary General


  • 7In June 2011, EWI convened the first-ever delegation of Afghan women parliamentarians to Pakistan.

    The Afghan delegates and their Pakistani peers met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Speaker of the House Dr. Fehmida Mirza. They agreed on a plan for a regular, ongoing dialogue between Afghan and Pakistani women parliamentarians. Participants called for women to take an active role in on-going reconciliation efforts with the Taliban. They further suggested that, to bolster their political position, Afghan women parliamentarians should revive the Womens Par-liamentary Caucus, looking to the successful Pakistani model as an example of how this can be done effectively. They also called for Afghan and Pakistani MPs to work closely on a range of security issues in the region, with an emphasis on fostering sustainable development and inviting private investment in the volatile Federally Admin-istered Tribal Areas (FATA).

    In December 2010, EWI and the Parliamentar-ians Network for Conflict Prevention brought together women parliamentarians from Afghan-istan and other Muslim countries, as well as Western advocates, at the European Parliament.

    The goal: to support Afghan women politicians, who are largely isolated from their counterparts even in countries as close as Pakistan, in their efforts to legislate, advance human rights and work for peace. For many participants, the highlight of the confer-ence was the rare chance to hear women MPs from Afghanistan speak directly about their experiences, from the real personal risks they took running for office to the difficulties of making policy in a society traditionally ruled by men.

    One of the strongest recommendations from the conference was the idea of creating a standing re-gional group to connect Afghan women with women from other Muslim countries. Another recommen-dation was to establish an international network connecting Western parliamentarians with Afghan women la


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