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Wilson Center Asia Program Welcomes Two New Members to Advisory Board

Contact: Ryan McKenna
Phone: (202) 691-4217

March 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Asia Program of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce Dr. Daniel Twining, President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), and Ambassador Derek Mitchell, President of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), as the newest members of its Advisory Board.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Twining and Ambassador Mitchell to the Asia Program Advisory Board,” said Abraham Denmark, Director of the Asia Program. “Their deep expertise in the Indo-Pacific, as well as their leadership of critical American institutions supporting democracy and human rights around the world, will be a tremendous asset to the Wilson Center.”

Ambassador Mitchell of NDI said “Abe Denmark has built an outstanding Asia Program during a time when nuanced understanding of regional dynamics has never been more important.  I'm honored to join his Advisory Board to help think through the next stage of his important work.”

The Asia Program provides a forum in the nation's capital for enhancing deeper understanding of, and policy debate about, Asia. It seeks to furnish an intellectual link between the world of ideas and the world of policy on issues relating to Asia and U.S. interests in Asia. The Program organizes dozens of conferences and other meetings and produces several major publications every year, each featuring the work of Asia specialists ranging from distinguished scholars and prominent policymakers to journalists, entrepreneurs, and grassroots activists.

Dr. Twining of IRI said “The Wilson Center’s Asia Program is a center of excellence for policy-relevant research on the 21st century world’s emerging center of gravity. The program’s mission and work are essential in an era when vital American interests are ever more tied to developments across the Indo-Pacific. It is an honor to support such a strong group of scholars and policy practitioners with expertise spanning South, East, and Southeast Asia under the leadership of Director Abe Denmark.”

These two additions come on the heels of the announcement that Ambassador Mark Green is scheduled to take over as President, Director and CEO of The Wilson Center on March 15th. He succeeds Congresswoman Jane Harman who stepped down from that position on February 28th.

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  1. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.



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