Since its founding by the US Congress in 1960, the East-West Center (EWC) has worked to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue aimed at training global leaders, informing policymakers, advancing education, and promoting international understanding. During its 59-year history of serving as a US-based institution for public diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region with international governance, staffing, students, and participants, the Center has built a worldwide network of 65,000 alumni and more than 1,100 partner organizations. The EWC is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where its 21-acre campus, adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is located midway between Asia and the US mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities. The Center’s Washington, D.C. office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.