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American Grand Strategy under ObamaCompeting Discourses$
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Georg Löfflmann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419765

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419765.001.0001

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Think Tanks and the Washington Consensus on Hegemony

Think Tanks and the Washington Consensus on Hegemony

(p.119) Chapter 5 Think Tanks and the Washington Consensus on Hegemony
American Grand Strategy under Obama

Georg Löfflmann

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates the grand strategy proposals by some of the leading think tanks operating in Washington DC, demonstrating how their nominally impartial, and independent research reveals a dominant, bipartisan neoconservative/liberal-internationalist consensus on hegemony that further underlines the intertextual and practical interconnection between research expertise, professional knowledge and policymaking. The think tanks examined in this chapter were selected to assess those formally independent research outputs with the greatest policy impact under the Obama presidency, while also reflecting the widest range of political views on American grand strategy. The chapter examines how organisations supporting deviant grand strategy discourses of libertarian restraint (Cato) and liberal-progressive cooperative security (CAP) have attempted to shift the public policy debate and how the stigma of isolationism underwrites a powerful status quo in Washington DC.

Keywords:   Washington consensus, Isolationism, Neo-conservatism, Libertarianism, Think Tanks, AEI, Brookings, Cato, Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Center for American Progress (CAP)

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