The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress in 1968 as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nations key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community. At the Wilson Center, preeminent scholars and experts research topics of national and international relevance. In the spirit of President Wilson, we build a bridge between the worlds of academia and public policy, to inform and develop solutions to the nations problems and challenges. Democracy is built on the notion of an informed and active citizenry. The Wilson Center provides the fuel that makes this possible knowledge in the public interest.