The RAND Corporation (1989-2009): The Reconfiguration of Strategic Studies in the United States

Hardcover | June 19, 2012

byJean-Loup SamaanTranslated byRenuka George

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What happened then to the intellectuals who spent their life working and writing about the Cold War when the conflict ended in 1991? Looking at one of the most emblematic American think tanks in recent history, the RAND Corporation, Samaan provides key insights on the evolution of strategic studies in the US in the last two decades. Based on numerous interviews and exclusive archives, this is a detailed analysis of RAND's intellectual and corporate development. But beyond this specific case study, the book is more than a historical portray of a American research center. Through RAND and its relationship with the American military, the author seeks to understand the rules of the 'field' of strategic studies in the United States. Moreover this work allows the readers to better comprehend the way the elements driving the US defense policies since 1989 - the political uncertainty and its doctrinal consequences - shaped major international events in the last two decades.

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What happened then to the intellectuals who spent their life working and writing about the Cold War when the conflict ended in 1991? Looking at one of the most emblematic American think tanks in recent history, the RAND Corporation, Samaan provides key insights on the evolution of strategic studies in the US in the last two decades. Ba...

Jean-Loup Samaan is a professor of strategic studies at the NATO Defense College in Italy. A former strategic analyst at the French Ministry of Defense, he holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris La Sorbonne. He has been a visiting scholar at the RAND Corporation and Duke University and is a member of the Interna...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 8.95 × 5.64 × 0.71 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023034092X

ISBN - 13:9780230340923

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Table of Contents

Part I: The invariants of the military intellectual field * The inheritance of a technicist ideology * The competitive dynamics of the strategic field * Part II: Rewriting the American Military doctrine * Transformations in the Defense Department * The work of legitimizing political agendas * Part III: The emissaries of American military thought * An exemplary regionalization of American politics * The international distribution of American sciences of government * Conclusion: The disenchantment of strategists?

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"In an era of think tank booming around the world, it makes considerable sense to revisit and reassess the role of one of the 'grand-daddy' think tanks of the Western world. The role of the think tank has changed, and RAND is no exception. This study by Samaan reveals how the intent of critical and independent policy analysis associated with the stereotype of think tanks, is whittled and weaned into insipidity by the dynamics of federal funding, loosening ties to academe and the Washington DC 'revolving door' whereby the think tank becomes embedded as an institution of governmentality." - Diane Stone, professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick and Central European University'Jean-Loup Samaan has written a thoughtful and probing analysis of the Rand Corporation and its influence in shaping US Strategic Studies in the post-Cold War era. His book is a must-read for those interested in how think tanks compete in the battle of ideas." - Donald Abelson, professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario and author of A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks & US Foreign Policy"It is rarely given to individuals - or to think tanks - to see themselves as others see them. Jean-Loup Samaan's intellectual history of RAND in the years since the end of the Cold War is an important contribution to the discussion about not only that institution, but the American version of Strategic Studies altogether." - Eliot Cohen, professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University.