The East-West Center (EWC) promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

The EWC seeks to join ConservationNOW to support and advance the conservation optimism vision within our Institutes for Natural Resource Managers: Southeast Asia. We embrace this vision through our annual EWC #EarthOptimism Awards: Southeast Asia which is a call for stories of success and hope from heroes of the environment all over Southeast Asia. In the spirit of #EarthOptimism and #ConservationOptimism, the aim is to seek and share the inspiring work of individuals and their positive and innovative interventions.

As the first Native Hawaiian to hold the position, how will new East-West Center President Suzanne Vares-Lum integrate Hawaiian culture and values to the Center's core mission? Find out the answer and more in her interview with Scott Kim, @wearehpr.

How can smart cities mitigate #climatechange? Find out in this first of three webinars series, part of our United States-Republic of Korea Cooperation in Southeast Asia Visiting Fellowship Program.