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Congressional Relations

The Wilson Center’s office of Congressional Relations works to maintain a vibrant relationship with Members of Congress and their staffs. We organize and run a series of educational programs led by Wilson Center experts, ranging from seminars to podcasts, with the purpose of increasing congressional staffers’ knowledge of international policy. We also coordinate outreach to Capitol Hill, including testimonies by Wilson Center scholars and briefings for Members of Congress.

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New Program Alert!

Learn more about our International Relations Education Program (IREP)! In order to develop more effective foreign policy, peace and security strategies, policymakers on Capitol Hill need to understand geopolitical relationships around the world. This program consists of a four-week seminar series that encourages Fellows to debate key rivalries and relationships between countries with some of the nation’s leading foreign policy thinkers and practitioners.

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Need to Know Podcast Series

Need to Know is a foreign policy news podcast produced by the Office of Congressional Relations at the Wilson Center. Bringing you the best non-partisan policy through conversations with our scholars.

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Congressional Testimony

Director Aaron Jones Testifies Before Congress on the Foreign Policy Fellowship Program

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For more information on our fellowships or programming, contact Jorden Jones at