Africa Program: The Wilson Center’s Africa Program addresses the most critical issues facing Africa; builds stronger, mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations; and enhances understanding of Africa in the United States, with a focus on governance and leadership; conflict prevention and peacebuilding; and trade, investment, and sustainable development.

Asia Program: The future security and prosperity of the United States are deeply intertwined with the Asia-Pacific. The Asia Program strengthens U.S. understanding of, and engagement with, the Asia-Pacific by conducting independent research and hosting dialogues to develop actionable ideas for Congress, the Administration, and the broader policy community.

Brazil Institute: The Brazil Institute strives to enhance the understanding in the United States of Brazil as a regional, democratic power and an emerging global actor. Relevant areas include the bilateral relationship; energy; climate change, food security and sustainability; science, technology and innovation; socio-economic development; urban policy; rule of law, organized crime, and public safety; and race and gender issues. 

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 issues include economic competitiveness and trade, energy and environment, and shared prosperity and security within the North American region.

Global Europe: The Global Europe Program, unlike most think tank programs on Europe, focuses on the continent’s external relationships – with the United States, Russia, and China, in particular – and illuminates European policy issues in the context of today's geopolitics.

Kennan Institute: The mission of the Kennan Institute is to build and sustain deep mutual understanding, cooperation, and exchange among intellectual and opinion leaders in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and the surrounding states — a bedrock for regional and global peace, prosperity, and security.

Kissinger Institute: The Kissinger Institute offers programs for American and Chinese audiences that improve understanding of critical issues in the bilateral relationship to promote mutual security and prosperity.

Korea Center: The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy produces research, writing and analysis of developments in North Korea and South Korea. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s rich archive of historical materials contained in the North Korea International Documentation Project, the Korea Center looks at history to help inform the present. The Korea Center also seeks to foster and nurture understanding of Korea today, from daily life and the nuclear threats of North Korea to the economy and cutting-edge technology of South Korea.

Latin American Program: The Latin American Program fosters new research and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens across the Americas. Areas of focus are strengthening the rule of law, peacebuilding, citizen security, Latin America's global insertion, and sustainable development. The Latin American Program includes the Argentina Project which provides a forum for non-partisan discussions about Argentina’s challenges, opportunities, and growing regional and global engagement. The Latin American Program, Mexico Institute, Brazil Institute, and Canada Institute work together as part of the Americas @ TheWilsonCenter initiative.

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. Priority areas for the Mexico Institute include security and the rule of law, economic competitiveness and innovation, energy policy, borders, migration and education.

Middle East Program: The Middle East Program focuses on the political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East and North Africa region, paying special attention to the shifting balance of power in the region as a result of the turmoil following the Arab Spring. It looks at democratic and autocratic tendencies in governance, sectarianism, the rise of extremist movements in the region, and the role of women and youth. The Program has well established series on Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and gender.

Polar Initiative: The Polar Initiative raises awareness about critical issues facing the Arctic and Antarctic by pursuing research, dialogue, and robust programmatic activity. As the Arctic becomes more important in political, economic, environmental, and social terms, the Polar Initiative addresses the practical questions and policy challenges facing the United States, Alaska, and citizens of the North, including national security and international relations implications; shipping and infrastructure; environmental protection; maritime capabilities; investment considerations; and more.


The Digital Futures Project is dedicated to understanding the ways in which emerging technologies shape policymaking. Less and less of life, war and business takes place offline. More and more, policy is transacted in a space little noticed and poorly understood by traditional legal and political authorities. The Digital Futures Project is a map to the constraints and opportunities generated by innovations around the corner - a resource for policymakers navigating a world they didn’t build.

The Global Sustainability and Resilience Program: The Global Sustainability and Resilience Program seeks to support the development of inclusive, resilient networks in local communities facing global change. By providing a platform for sharing lessons, mapping knowledge, and linking people and ideas, GSRP and its affiliated programs empower policymakers, practitioners, and community members to participate in the global dialogue on sustainability and resilience. Empowered communities are better able to develop flexible, diverse, and equitable networks of resilience that can improve their health, preserve their natural resources, and build peace between people in a changing world. Follow GSRP on our daily blog, New Security Beat.

GSRP has four main components:

  • 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.
  • China Environment Forum: The China Environment Forum brings together U.S., Chinese, and other environmental policy experts to explore the most imperative environmental and sustainable development issues in China and to examine opportunities to collaboratively address these issues.
  • The Maternal Health Initiative: The Maternal Health Initiative seeks to improve maternal health by increasing knowledge, understanding, and communication to facilitate creative interventions that can be integrated into policies and programs worldwide.
  • The Urban Sustainability Laboratory: The Urban Sustainability Laboratory advances solutions to challenges facing the world’s cities and brings attention to strategies for leveraging the opportunities found in urban growth and diversity. With programmatic pillars focusing on building urban resilience, strengthening urban governance, and promoting urban inclusion, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory identifies innovative policies and practices to plan and manage cities for the future.


Global Women’s Leadership Initiative: The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative is a unique platform for change – connecting current and emerging women leaders, raising the profile of critical issues, advancing inclusive policies, and bringing new research to the forefront in support of the goal of 50% of all decision-making positions in public service held by women by 2050.  The Women in Public Service Project is the premier program of the GWLI which aims to accelerate global progress towards gender parity in policy and political leadership by tracking and analyzing the data, driving research and evidence to break down barriers and promoting leaders who drive political, social and economic change.

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. The Program manages, an award-winning research tool with over 10,000 primary source documents; publishes the popular international history blog Sources and Methods and other long-form works; and regularly convenes public events, academic conferences, and graduate student training sessions on historical topics, including the weekly Washington History Seminar series, the Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research, and the Nuclear History Boot Camp.

The History and Public Policy Program consists of three main research components:

As the Program seeks to enhance understanding of the mindsets, viewpoints, concerns and internal deliberations of US allies and adversaries alike, its research and programmatic activities generally emphasize non-US perspectives on contemporary history.

Science and Technology Innovation Program: The Science and Technology Innovation Program focuses on understanding bottom-up, public innovation; top-down, policy innovation; and, on supporting responsible and equitable practices at the point where new technology and existing political, social, and cultural processes converge.  Our science and technology policy experts translate complexity, and explore converging and emerging technologies to maximize benefits and minimize risks. Project areas include: AI, biodiversity, citizen science,  cybersecurity,  and serious games.