For nearly 50 years, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has served as one of the most important policy institutes in the world, providing a meeting place for academic leaders and policy experts to find solutions to problems in the United States and around the globe. As an official United States Presidential Memorial operating as a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Center also serves as “a living memorial” to President Woodrow Wilson, pursuing goals of enhancing global knowledge in the same spirit as its namesake, a leader known for his idealism and scholarly acumen. Through dozens of programs, respected publications, and generous fellowships and scholarships, the Wilson Center has become one of the top think tanks in the world, with the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program ranking it among the top 15 policy institutions worldwide.
President Woodrow Wilson’s legacy as America’s leader through World War I, as well as his passionate advocacy for global peace, earned him considerable accolades during his own lifetime, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919. The Wilson Center, established by an act of Congress in 1968 and headquartered in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, houses an interactive Exhibit and Learning Center that tells Wilson’s story while exploring how his legacy impacted the United States. The Center also strives to honor Wilson’s memory through its multifaceted approach to scholarship, with programs that touch on all areas of the world and initiatives designed to foster productive dialogue about policy and international relations.
With associations that have numerous leading scholars, as well as undergraduate and graduate interns and fellows, the Wilson Center successfully contributes to scholarship on a wide variety of topics, from facilitating policy discussions on US-Africa relationships to studying methods for reducing risks as new technologies emerge. In addition to its flagship publication, The Wilson Quarterly, the organization also participates in public debate through television and radio programs, exclusive events, and social media. The Center has also been committed to recognizing Americans who have distinguished themselves in the realms of public service or corporate citizenship through its Woodrow Wilson Awards.