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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Coordinates: 38°53′37″N 77°01′50″W / 38.8936°N 77.0305°W / 38.8936; -77.0305
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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
AbbreviationWilson Center
Established1968; 56 years ago (1968)
TypeGovernment organization think tank; 501(c)3 organization
Legal statusUnited States Presidential Memorial
HeadquartersRonald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
President emerita and distinguished fellow
Jane Harman
Key people
Mark Andrew Green (president and CEO) and Joe Asher (board chairman)
AffiliationsSmithsonian Institution
Websitewww.wilsoncenter.org Edit this at Wikidata

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) or Wilson Center is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank named for former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It is also a United States presidential memorial established as part of the Smithsonian Institution by an act of Congress in 1968.[2] It self-identifies as nonpartisan.[3]

The TTCSP ranked it the 10th leading think tank in the world in 2020.[4]


The center was established within the Smithsonian Institution, but it has its own board of trustees, composed both of government officials and of people from private life appointed by the president of the United States. It publishes a digital magazine, the Wilson Quarterly.[5][6]

The center is a public–private partnership with approximately one-third of the center's operating funds coming annually from an appropriation of the U.S. government, and the center is housed in a wing of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 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.[7][8] Because of its historic reliance on congressional appropriations, the center posts on its website a Plan for Federal Funding Hiatus.[7]


The board of trustees, currently chaired by Bill Haslam, is appointed to six-year terms by the U.S. president.[9]

The board of directors include Haslam, vice chair Drew Maloney, private citizen members Nick Adams, Thelma Duggin, Brian Hook, David Jacobson, Timothy Pataki, Alan N. Rechtschaffen, Louis Susman. Public members include Antony Blinken, Lonnie Bunch, Miguel Cardona, David Ferriero, Carla Hayden, Shelly Lowe, Xavier Becerra.[10]

On January 28, 2021, Mark Andrew Green was announced as the Wilson Center's new president, director, and CEO, and he began his term on March 15, 2021.[11]


Most of the center's staff form specialized programs and projects covering broad areas of study.[12] Key programs include the Cold War International History Project, Environmental Change and Security Program, History and Public Policy Program, Kennan Institute, the Kissinger Institute, and the North Korea International Documentation Project.[13]

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  1. ^ "Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars". USA.gov. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "About the Wilson Center | Wilson Center". www.wilsoncenter.org. Retrieved May 22, 2023.
  3. ^ https://www.wilsoncenter.org/about
  4. ^ https://repository.upenn.edu/handle/20.500.14332/48577
  5. ^ Institution, Smithsonian. "Woodrow Wilson Center Established". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved November 18, 2023.
  6. ^ "When Goods Cross Borders". www.wilsonquarterly.com. Retrieved August 6, 2023.
  7. ^ a b "Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Plan for Federal Funding Hiatus" (PDF). Woodrow Wilson Center. August 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 21, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "990 Forms/Budgets | Wilson Center". www.wilsoncenter.org. Retrieved August 6, 2023.
  9. ^ "Leadership". February 7, 2023.
  10. ^ "Leadership | Wilson Center". www.wilsoncenter.org. Retrieved August 6, 2023.
  11. ^ "Wilson Center Names Ambassador Mark Green as Next President, Director and CEO". www.wilsoncenter.org. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  12. ^ "Programs @ The Woodrow Wilson Center". Wilsoncenter.org. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "Programs | Wilson Center". www.wilsoncenter.org. Retrieved June 8, 2023.

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