Kennan Institute, Wilson Center

  • DC

About Us

The Wilson Center was established by an Act of Congress in 1968 as the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson. Along with the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center, it is one of the three entities affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, and is governed by its own presidentially appointed Board of Trustees. The Center provides a non-partisan policy forum for tackling issues through independent research and open dialogue that seeks to inform actionable ideas for the policy community and the public at large. It offers a
bridge between the world and Washington and between critical ideas and policy practice.

The Center also conducts and sponsors original scholarship and convenes diverse programs, which cover all regions of the world and several cross-cutting global issues. And it hosts 150 international scholars each year who conduct and publish research on the priority issues of the Center’s programming. One-third of the Center’s funding comes from public sources, and the rest from foundations and private sources.