East-West Center: Asian International Justice Initiative
The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. Since 2003, all WCSC training initiatives in Asia have been carried out in partnership with the East-West Center (EWC). Until 2007 the role of the EWC was principally to provide administrative, logistical, and financial support. Since 2007, however, the partnership has developed further as the Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI). The two Centers continue to focus on projects and activities that combine their primary strengths: the regional expertise of the East-West Center and the transitional justice training and research capabilities of the War Crimes Studies Center. The projects are directed by Professor David Cohen. With the support of the EWC, the AIJI has opened an office in Cambodia, headed by Deputy Director Michelle Staggs. This joint initiative of the EWC and WCSC now provides the platform for most of the WCSC’s work in Southeast Asia.
Partners in the Virtual Tribunal Initiative:
The War Crimes Studies Center’s ambitious Virtual Tribunal project is currently a collaborative effort between the WCSC and two key partners: Professor Ruzena Bajcsy of the UC Berkeley Department of Computer Science, and Richard Sousa, of the Hoover Library and Archive.
The Hoover Library and Archives is a world-renowned institution founded at Stanford University in 1919. Hoover collects firsthand accounts of historical events and political transformations. Today, the Library contains approximately 750,000 rare and unique books and serials, and the Hoover Archives holds some 60 million pages of original documents and 15 million pages of documents of microfilm, including the papers of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the complete audio archives of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the files of the Kuomintang (the Chinese Nationalist party), and the Iraqi Baath Party Archives. Richard Sousa is director of the library and archives, and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been at Hoover since 1990. Sousa is responsible for organizing, administering, and implementing all activities and initiatives at the Hoover Institution.
Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director Emeritus of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Science (CITRIS). Her current research areas include artificial intelligence; biosystems and computational biology; control, intelligent systems, and robotics; graphics and humancomputer interaction, computer vision; and security. From November 2001 to 2004, she served as director of CITRIS, an initiative bringing together the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz with private industry to develop ways to use information technology to affect people’s daily lives. Prior to joining Berkeley, Dr. Bajcsy headed the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation where she managed a $500 million annual budget.