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Wilson's Legacy Reconsidered

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Wilson Center convened distinguished experts and prominent Center alumni to explore the relevance of President Woodrow Wilson’s international and domestic record for today.

To what extent is the 28th president’s vision for world order still applicable in the face of the profound shifts that the international system is undergoing at present? Are there lessons to be learned from his domestic policy accomplishments and failures?


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Exhibition Opening: Czechs and Slovaks on Their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence

The Wilson Center is pleased to host an opening exhibition with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic commemorating the centennial anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. 

World War I redrew the map of Europe, resulting in newly independent countries including Czechoslovakia. Delve into period photographs and newspaper clippings, accompanied by historical analysis, to deepen your understanding of the quest for independence, whether in politics or in combat, by the Czechs, Slovaks, and their supporters abroad.

‘The Key Problem of Our Time’: A Conversation with Henry Kissinger on Sino-U.S. Relations

On September 13, the Wilson Center hosted a gala event to mark the 50th anniversary of its founding and the 10th anniversary of its Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. Henry Kissinger, U.S. secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, was presented with the inaugural Spirit of Wilson Award and participated in a conversation with Ambassador J. Stapleton “Stape” Roy, founding director emeritus and a distinguished scholar at the Kissinger Institute.

This is a transcript of their conversation:


Wilson Center Marks 50 Years of Impact with Honorees Henry Kissinger, Senator Roy Blunt, and Congressman Steny Hoyer

The Wilson Center marked 50 years of impact on September 13, honoring former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) at a golden anniversary dinner in Washington, DC.

The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.

50 Years of Impact: A Look Inside the Wilson Center

“We are a place that is defined as a trusted space. It has to be. We have to be nonpartisan. We have to be working in the public service. And having that literally inscribed on the wall generates trust.”

Digitized Archive on 28th President is Unveiled at Wilson Center

Woodrow Wilson: 'Consequential' and 'Controversial'

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, author Patricia O’Toole discusses her new book, The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made, a biography of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial U.S. presidents.