Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
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Established1968;53 years ago (1968)
TypeGovernment organization Think tank
Legal statusUnited States Presidential Memorial
Headquarters Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
  • Washington, D.C. 20007
President Emerita & Distinguished Fellow
Jane Harman
Key people
Mark Andrew Green (Director), Bill Haslam (Chairman)
Affiliations Smithsonian Institution
Website WilsonCenter.org

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, [1] it is also a think tank, and was ranked among the top ten in the world in 2013. [2]


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. [3]

On January 28, 2021, Mark Andrew Green was announced as the Wilson Center's next president, director and CEO. He began his term on March 15, 2021. [4]


The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where the Wilson Center is located. Ronald Reagan Building - Washington, DC.jpg
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where the Wilson Center is located.

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.[ citation needed ] Because of its historic reliance on congressional appropriations, the Center posts on its website a Plan for Federal Funding Hiatus. [5]


Relief and inscription in the Memorial Hallway of the Woodrow Wilson Center WoodrowWilsonCenterMemorialHallwayInscription.jpg
Relief and inscription in the Memorial Hallway of the Woodrow Wilson Center

The board of trustees, currently led by Bill Haslam, are appointed to six-year terms by the president of the United States. [6]

Board of Directors


Most of the Center's staff form specialized programs and projects covering broad areas of study. [7] 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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