Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, or simply the Wilson Center, is an American quasi-government entity and think tank based in Washington, D.C.1) It is a public-private partnership that conducts research to inform public policy.

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The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was established by an act of Congress in 1968. It is based in Washington D.C. and hosts scholars engaged “in the study of national and world affairs.”

On its website it states that it “maintains a lively, neutral forum for free and informed dialogue.”

“It brings pre-eminent thinkers to Washington for extended periods of time to interact with policymakers through a large number of programs and projects. The Center seeks to separate the important from the inconsequential and to take a historical and broad perspective on the issues,”.

The President and Director of WWICS is Lee Herbert Hamilton (born April 20, 1931). Hamilton was the vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, and currently serves on the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives for 34 years and is a member of the Trilateral Commission.

The Woodrow Wilson Center established the Canada Institute on North American Issues (CINAI), a registered Canadian charity established to address critical public policy issues within the context of North America. Through a series of lectures, seminars and other dialogue opportunities, CINAI programs highlight current and emerging issues within the Canada-US-Mexico relationship.2)


Chairman - Joseph B. Gildenhorn, Founding Partner, The JBG Companies

Vice Chairman - David A. Metzner, Managing Partner & Founder, American Continental Group

Federal Government Appointee - Tami Longaberger, Chair & CEO, The Longaberger Company

Private Citizen Members




Donors to the Wilson Center include:5) 6) 7) 8) 9)

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. USAGov. Retrieved December 16, 2022, from https://web.archive.org/web/20221216000101/https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/woodrow-wilson-international-center-for-scholars
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. InfluenceWatch. Retrieved December 16, 2022, from https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/woodrow-wilson-international-center-for-scholars/
2021 Donors. Wilson Center. Retrieved August 8, 2022, from https://archive.vn/L0GeY
2020 Donors. Wilson Center. Retrieved April 30, 2022, from https://archive.vn/QAoVo
2019 Donors. Wilson Center. Retrieved August 9, 2020, from https://web.archive.org/web/20200809135351/https://www.wilsoncenter.org/2019-donors
The Wilson Center donations received. Vipul Naik. Retrieved December 16, 2022, from https://archive.vn/AriBf

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