Woodrow Wilson Center Programs and Initiatives
Africa Program: The Africa Program serves an education role in informing and engaging the policy community on Africa and its potential with a special focus on youth, leadership transitions, and economic engagement.
Asia Program: The Asia Program provides a forum for enhancing deeper understanding of, and policy debate about, Asia. Regional and topical focuses include human development, resource constraints, and environmental security in Pakistan and India; the U.S.-Japan partnership; social, political, and economic affairs in Taiwan; and U.S. policies in Asia
Canada Institute: The Canada Institute works to advance and improve the U.S.-Canada policy environment and provide a forum for Canadian issues in Washington. Major issue areas include border security, energy and environment, and trade.
Global Europe: The Global Europe Program focuses on Europe’s role in major global issues, including its relationships with Russia and Asia.
Kennan Institute: The mission of the Kennan Institute is to advance American understanding of Russia and Eurasia. Bridging the gap between the world of ideas and the world of public affairs Kennan brings scholars and governmental specialists together to discuss political, social, and economic issues affecting Russia and other successor states to the Soviet Union.
Kissinger Institute: The Kissinger Institute offers programs aimed at both American and Chinese audiences that seek to improve understanding of critical issues in the bilateral relationship to provide a more stable base for wise and sustainable policies.
Latin American Program: The Latin American Program provides a nonpartisan forum for experts from throughout the region and the world to discuss the most critical issues facing the Hemisphere. Four areas of focus are the quality of democratic governance, conflict resolution, citizen security and organized crime, and social inclusion.
The Latin American Program also includes two major institutes:
- Brazil Institute: The Brazil Institute strives to enhance the understanding in the U.S. of Brazil as a regional, democratic power, and an emerging global player. Relevant areas include the bilateral political relationship, climate change, innovation, energy, international economic stability, the rule of law, and gender issues.
- Mexico Institute: The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United Sates by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship.
Middle East Program: The Middle East Program focuses on the political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East and North Africa region. It pays special attention to the emerging balance of power in the region, looking at who are the new players. MEP also focuses on the rise of the Islamist governments in the region, the future of democratic development, civil society organizations, minorities, the role of youth, human rights and women’s rights, in addition to having well established programming on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Global Sustainability and Resilience Program focuses on linkages among major global trends and how they affect quality of life issues around the world. Its three major initiatives are:
- Environmental Change and Security Program: The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections among environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. ECSP’s work falls into three main areas Integrated Development (Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population, and Security), Water, and the intersection of Environment, Conflict, and Security.
- China Environment Forum: The China Environment Forum focuses on U.S.-China clean energy cooperation, environmental governance, water-energy-food confrontations, green civil society development, and the environmental footprint of China’s overseas investments.
- Comparative Urban Studies: The Comparative Urban Studies Program strives to harness existing research and promote future initiatives to further the development and policy communities’ understanding of the impact of urbanization and identify best practices and policy solutions to the challenges that cities face.
History and Public Policy Program: The History and Public Policy Program focuses on the relationship between history and policy making and seeks to foster open, informed and non-partisan dialogue on historically relevant issues. HAPP consists of three main research components: The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), The North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP), and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). A defining characteristic of HAPP’s research is that it focuses on non-US perspectives on contemporary history—this makes us an unparalleled resource for information on the mindsets, viewpoints, concerns and internal deliberations of US allies and adversaries alike.
Program on America and the Global Economy: The Program on America and the Global Economy examines American thinking and policy with regard to key economic challenges facing the U.S. economy and its innovation system including STEM education, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship all in the context of globalization including international trade and finance.
Science and Technology Innovation Program: The Science and Technology Innovation Program explores the scientific and technological frontier, stimulating discovery and bringing new tools to bear on public policy challenges that emerge as science advances. Project areas include: synthetic biology, Do-It-Yourself biology, nanotechnology, serious games, transformative social networking, geo-engineering, and additive manufacturing.
Global Women’s Leadership Initiative: The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative promotes research; law and policy reform; networks among women leaders, universities, governments and multi -lateral entities; mentoring; and training of emerging women leaders, in support of the goal of 50% female public servants by 2050. It is also the home of the Women in Public Service Project.