Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
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|Type||Government organization Think tank|
|Legal status||United States Presidential Memorial|
|Headquarters||Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center|
President Emerita & Distinguished Fellow
|Mark Andrew Green (Director), Bill Haslam (Chairman)|
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (or Wilson Center), located in Washington, D.C., is a United States Presidential Memorial that was established as part of the Smithsonian Institution by an act of Congress in 1968. Named in honor of President Woodrow Wilson, the only president of the United States to hold a PhD, it is also a think tank, and was ranked among the top ten in the world in 2013.
In 2020, the Wilson Center was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program as the tenth best think tank in the world, the number eight think tank in the U.S., the world's number three think tank for institutional collaboration, and fourth in international development, and as a Center of Excellence for regional studies.
The Center was established within the Smithsonian Institution, but it has its own board of trustees, composed both of government officials and of individuals from private life appointed by the President of the United States. The Center also publishes a digital magazine, the Wilson Quarterly.
The Center is a public–private partnership. Approximately one-third of the Center's operating funds come annually from an appropriation from the U.S. government, and the Center itself is housed in a wing of the Ronald Reagan Building, a federal office building where the Center enjoys a 30-year rent-free lease. The remainder of the Center's funding comes from foundations, grants and contracts, corporations, individuals, endowment income, and subscriptions. Because of its historic reliance on congressional appropriations, the Center posts on its website a Plan for Federal Funding Hiatus.
- Director, President, and CEO of the Wilson Center: Mark Andrew Green
Board of Directors
- Chairman: Bill Haslam, Former Governor of Tennessee
- Vice Chair: Drew Maloney
- Private citizen members:
- Nick Adams (commentator), Trustee, Wilson Center; The Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG)
- Thelma Duggin, President, AnBryce Foundation
- Brian Hook, Former U.S. Special Representative for Iran; and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State
- David Jacobson, Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group
- Timothy Pataki
- Alan N. Rechtschaffen, Private Investor; Senior Lecturer of Laws, New York University
- Louis Susman, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
- Public members:
- Alex Azar, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Elisabeth DeVos, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
- David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
- Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress
- Jon Parrish Peede, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
- Antony Blinken, Secretary, U.S. Department of State
- Lonnie Bunch, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Most of the Center's staff form specialized programs and projects covering broad areas of study. Key programs include: the Cold War International History Project, Environmental Change and Security Program, History and Public Policy Program, Kennan Institute, the Kissinger Institute, the Environmental Change and Security Program, the North Korea International Documentation Project,
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- McGann, James (2021-01-28). "2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report". TTCSP Global Go to Think Tank Index Reports.
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- "Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Plan for Federal Funding Hiatus" (PDF). Woodrow Wilson Center. August 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Leadership". 7 June 2011.
- "Programs @ The Woodrow Wilson Center". Wilsoncenter.org. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
Media related to Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- The Wilson Center Digital Archive of once-secret documents from governments all across the globe