It looks into issues like environmental security and peacebuilding, sustainable development and climate resilience, as well as population and environmental dynamic. Hence, it acts as a “non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.” It was Chartered by Congress, and is also known as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Major Projects and Initiatives:
- Digital Futures Project – Dedicated “to understanding the ways in which emerging technologies shape policymaking.” This project tries to be “a map to the constraints and opportunities generated by innovations around the corner – a resource for policymakers navigating a world they didn’t build.”
- China Environment Forum – Aims “to forge U.S.-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges” by playing “a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.”
- Maternal Health Initiative – Promotes “dialogue and understanding among practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and policymakers” by working towards the most basic human rights for women.
- Urban Sustainability Laboratory – Focusedd to advance “solutions to urban challenges—such as poverty, exclusion, insecurity, and environmental degradation—by promoting evidence-based research to support sustainable, equitable and peaceful cities.”
- An array of 10 blogs covering the different topics the center works on
- A video on demand platform with briefings, conversations, and reports
- Multiple series of podcasts on global issues
- New Security Beat – A blog concerned with the interconnection of sustainability and security
- A extensive library of books published through the Woodrow Wilson Center Press
- 700+ op-eds and commentaries
- 150+ policy briefs
- 300+ reports
- The Wilson Quarterly – This online magazine takes “a deep and satisfying dive into a single topic or theme that is shaping our world, presenting a compelling range of angles, voices, and visuals.”
- Navigating Complexity: Climate, Migration, and Conflict in a Changing World (Nov 2016, 44p.) – Climate change is expected to contribute to the movement of people through a variety of means. There is also significant concern climate change may influence violent conflict. This report tries to clear up some misconceptions about why people move, how many move, and what effects they have.
- Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (May 2013, 60p.) – Focuses on how efforts to reduce the carbon footprint and lower humanities vulnerability to climate change could exacerbate existing conflicts.
- Harvesting Peace: Food Security, Conflict, and Cooperation (Sep 2013, 56 p.) – This report looks into the “potential influence of global food prices on social and political instability. Compelling and provocative headlines have suggested that there is a direct relationship between food insecurity and conflict.”
- An online calendar of past and upcoming events