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Mission Statement

Promoting individual dignity and freedom for people throughout the world by sponsoring high-quality independent research with a particular focus on the threats from extremism and radical ideologies.

History

The Westminster Institute was established in 2009 to promote individual dignity and freedom for people throughout the world by sponsoring high-quality research, with a particular focus on the threats from extremism and radical ideologies. The Westminster Institute is an independent non-profit organization that is funded by contributions from individuals and private foundations.  It receives no government funding. The Institute holds briefings and events throughout the year.  The events are free and open to the public.  To receive notification of upcoming events and/or publications, please sign up for the Westminster Institute mailing list, at www.westminster-institute.org.  You can also follow us on Twitter.

Announcement

2014-12-15 13.54.18The Westminster Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela D. Ewing, PMP, MBA, MMAS, US Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) as the new Executive Director. She takes over from Dr. Anna Bekele, who has returned to the UK.

Ms. Ewing retired from the US Army after twenty years of service in 2012.  From 2012-2014, she worked for a defense contractor in the Pentagon as a strategic planner for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

She holds an MBA and MMAS, is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified, has completed several language courses including Arabic, and is currently enrolled in a graduate certificate program in Middle East studies.  While in the Army, she graduated from SAMS, BSAP, CGSC and JPME II.

Upon graduation from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, she received her commission as an Army Second Lieutenant.  Her first assignment took her to the Republic of Panama from 1988-1990 when the US ousted General Noriega from power during Operation JUST CAUSE.  As a logistics officer, she managed the inventory and distribution of wholesale and retail fuel assets in support of aviation and infantry units.

While in South Korea and in conjunction with her South Korean Army counterparts, she developed high-level war plans to support South Korea in the event of a major armed conflict.

During Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, she conducted bilateral planning with representatives from the Iraqi Ministry of Health, NGOs, and USAID to help reconstruct and improve the Iraqi medical infrastructure.

In 2011, a major tsunami and earthquake rocked the east coast of Japan, severely impacting the integrity of the Fukushima Dai’ichi Nuclear Power Plant.  Ms. Ewing led a team of nine personnel to Japan to assist the Japanese with potential evacuation planning resulting from radiation leaks from the plant.

Ms. Ewing has had a personal interest in Middle East issues and radical ideologies for many years; she is grateful for the opportunity to serve as Westminster Institute’s Executive Director, and looks forward to the mission. She is divorced with one 6-year-old son, Laith (Arabic for “lion cub”).  She spends her spare time taking courses in Middle East studies and Arabic, attending Jazzercise, and traveling.

The Westminster Institute will maintain its focus on issues affecting Christians internationally, in particular in the Islamic world. It will also remain closely involved with the security sector. It will continue to run its work through regular seminars, briefings and publications on extremism and radical ideologies as well as the plight of the persecuted church.

Angela Ewing can be reached at ae@westminster-institute.org or (703) 288-2885.

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