Conservative Brain Trust

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

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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. The book is a social science and political study of the role of think tanks in Washington policy-making; it is also, in part, a personal memoir of the author's adventures and perceptions in seeking to link academic research and American foreign policy.
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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 33.02mm | 498.95g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739128841
  • 9780739128848

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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Howard Wiarda authors a fascinating evocative memoir as a 'semi-insider' to the Reagan 'Conservative Revolution' in his capacity as director of the Latin American program for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Howard offers a candid and revealing assessment of Washington Think Tanks from his personal diaries and his involvement with the White House and Congress, the Defense and State Departments, and the CIA, blending with these also a description of the programs and individuals with which he dealt during the 1980s. -- Philip Kelly, Emporia State University Howard Wiarda's observations on his years at the American Enterprise Institute and his service as key adviser to the Kissinger Commission on Central America provide an invaluable glimpse at the way in which United States foreign policy was formulated and implemented during the Reagan era. Wiarda is a keen observer of the Washington policy scene and a provocative critic of the major players who shaped U.S. policy during the Central American revolutions. This book is essential reading for those who want to understand how Washington really works. -- Michael J. Kryzanek, Bridgewater State College
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About Howard J. Wiarda

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.
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