Harvard and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) : Foreign Policy Research Center and Incubator of Presidential Advisors
Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) is one of the nation's leading foreign policy research institutions. In this penetrating book, Howard J. Wiarda explores Harvard's history and culture, the founding and development of WCFIA, its internal dynamics, how it influences foreign policy, and why its influence is so extensive. Engagingly written and from an insider's viewpoint, the book recounts the author's long experience at Harvard and WCFIA.
- Hardback | 194 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
- 16 Jan 2010
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
- black & white illustrations
Howard Wiarda's newest book tells an engaging story of his time at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and as such would appeal to both academic and more popular audiences. It is a very readable and interesting addition to his series of books that describe how influence over American foreign policy is shifting from universities to Washington think tanks. -- Lana Wylie, McMaster University Howard Wiarda's new book is a fascinating insider's account of life, labor, and influence-mongering at one of the American foreign-policy establishment's most prestigious academic research centers. Based on more than three decades of first-hand experience, the book is part of Wiarda's ongoing examination of the interconnected worlds of think tanks, research centers, and war colleges-and the roles they play in influencing US foreign policy. -- Michael Grow, author of U.S. Presidents and Latin American Interventions: Pursuing Regime Change in the Cold War
About Howard J. Wiarda
Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and head of the department of international affairs at the University of Georgia. He is the author of The Dutch Diaspora: The Netherlands and Its Settlements in Africa, Asia, and the Americas,Conservative Brain Trust: The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the American Enterprise Institute, An Introduction to Comparative Politics, The Crisis of American Foreign Policy, and Development on the Periphery: Democracy in Southern and Eastern Europe.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction. Harvard: Getting There Chapter 2. Harvard and Its History Chapter 3. The Center for International Affairs (CFIA) Chapter 4. Think Tanks and Research Centers Chapter 5. The Colleagues Chapter 6. Out and About in Harvard and Cambridge Chapter 7. Work Life Chapter 8. The Second (and Third and Fourth) Times Around Chapter 9. Conclusion: Is There Life after Harvard?