Andrew Wilder

Vice President, South & Central Asia

Andrew Wilder is the vice president of South & Central Asia programs. He joined USIP in August 2010 as the director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as research director for politics and policy at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. Previously, Wilder served as founder and director of Afghanistan's first independent policy research institution, the Kabul-based Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). This was preceded by more than 10 years managing humanitarian and development programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan, including with Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, and Mercy Corps International. 

Wilder is the author of The Pakistani Voter: Electoral Politics and Voting Behaviour in the Punjab (Oxford University Press, 1999), and has written numerous other publications. He has conducted extensive research exploring issues relating to state-building, development and stabilization efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Recent research has focused on electoral politics in Afghanistan, and the effectiveness of aid in promoting stabilization objectives in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Wilder holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. He also holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy and a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


  • Andrew Wilder on sectarian violence in Afghanistan on the PBS Newshour, December 2011.
  • Andrew Wilder discusses the current situation in Afghanistan and the December Afghanistan strategy review on the PBS Newshour, December 2010.
  • Andrew Wilder speaking on development aid in Afghanistan with NPR Morning Edition, November 2009


  • "Aid and Stability in Pakistan: lessons from the 2005 earthquake response," Disasters, v. 34 (2010).
  • The Pakistani Voter - Electoral Politics and Voting Behaviour in the Punjab. Oxford University Press, 1999.
  •  A Guide to Government in Afghanistan. co-author, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and the World Bank, 2004
  • "State-Building at the Subnational Level in Afghanistan," with Sarah Lister in Building State and Security in Afghanistan, ed. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber with Robert P. Finn. Princeton (Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, 2007).
  • "Subnational Administration and State Building - Lessons from Afghanistan," with Sarah Lister in Governance in Post-Conflict Societies: Rebuilding Fragile States, ed. Derick W. Brinkerhoff  (Routledge, 2007).
  • "The Politics of Civil Service Reform in Pakistan," Journal of International Affairs, v. 63.1 (2009).
  • "Cops or Robbers? The Struggle to Reform the Afghan National Police," Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, 2007.
  • "Locals within locals - cultural sensitivity in disaster aid," Anthropology Today, v. 24.3 (2008).
  • "A Weapons System Based on Wishful Thinking," Boston Globe, September 16, 2009.


June 18, 2014
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) gathered experts and practitioners from across and outside the U.S. government earlier this spring to assess the lessons and challenges for overseeing aid distributed in active conflict areas such as Afghanistan. The highlights of those discussions are now available in a conference report released today by the two organizations.
May 21, 2013
The USIP Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs gave the following testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs. Wilder discussed his views on the critical importance of the 2014 elections in Afghanistan.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

March 22, 2015

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani likely will use his first visit to Washington since taking office to thank the American people for their sacrifice for the cause of peace in Afghanistan, and to appeal for steadfast backing to prevent a precipitous drawdown of U.S. civilian and military support that could plunge his country back into a bloody civil war. According to experts at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Ghani will emphasize that Afghanistan’s new leadership is committed to reforming government, reducing corruption and working with its neighbors to try to negotiate an end to Afghanistan’s...

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March 26, 2015

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