Conservative Brain Trust: The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the American Enterprise Institute

Conservative Brain Trust: The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the American Enterprise Institute

by Howard J. Wiarda


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Conservative Brain Trust traces the rise, fall, and rise again of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI). More than that, it is the story of one of Washington's leading think tanks: what it's like to work there, how Washington works, and how AEI influences policy, including policy on the controversial Iraq War. This is a wide-ranging review of the Washington think tank world, focused particularly on AEI. The book is a social science and political study of the role of think tanks in Washington policy-making and, in part, a personal memoir of the author's adventures and perceptions in seeking to link academic research and American foreign policy. What emerges is a portrait of AEI as an influential, but also troubled, think tank with access to the highest levels of the U.S. government. Irreverent as well as analytic, the author recounts his adventures and experiences in the think tank and policy worlds.

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ISBN-13: 9780739128831
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 01/16/2009
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations at the University of Georgia; professor emeritus of political science and comparative labor relations and the Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: "The Call" Chapter 2. "Mr. Smith" Goes to Washington: An Introduction to Washington and AEI Chapter 3. Into the Swim: A Jaundiced View of the Main Washington Foreign Policy Institutions Chapter 4. Think Tanks and Foreign Policy Chapter 5. Latin America on the Agenda: Foreign Policy in a Peripheral Area Chapter 6. Power and Policy-Making in Washingon, D.C.: How Foreign Policy Gets Made Chapter 7. The Democracy Initiative in American Foreign Policy Chapter 8. The Kissinger Commission on Central America Chapter 9. Am I Entitled to be Called "Honorable"?:Serving the White House at Home and Abroad Chapter 10. Congress, the President, and Foreign PolicyDecision-Making: Conflict and Confrontation Chapter 11. On the Lecture Circuit: Doing Well by Doing Good Chapter 12. Washington Adventures and Misadventures:Are We a Banana Republic or What? Chapter 13. The Looming Crisis of AEI Chapter 14. AEI in Collapse: A Farewell to D.C. Chapter 15. AEI Reborn and Reconstituted Chapter 16 Conclusion

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