Andrew Wilder

Vice President, Asia Programs

Andrew Wilder is the vice president of 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 from this Expert

June 19, 2015

Afghanistan’s Taliban are trying to defeat the government in this first year following the U.S. military’s withdrawal from combat operations, and their surge in attacks has driven the rate of army and police casualties at least 65 percent higher than last year. Still, a focused strategy can help the government survive, USIP experts say.

In the News

August 12, 2015

Stephen J. Hadley, the U.S. national security adviser from 2005 to 2009, is chair of the United States Institute of Peace board of directors. Andrew Wilder is the organization’s vice president for South and Central Asia programs.