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The RAND Corporation (1989-2009) [electronic resource] : the reconfiguration of strategic studies in the United States /
Jean-Loup Samaan ; translated by Renuka George.
edition
First edition.
imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
description
viii, 195 pages ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9780230340923 (hardback)
format(s)
Book
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New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
isbn
9780230340923 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
PART I. NEW AND OLD RULES OF THE MILITARY-INTELLECTUAL FIELD. The inheritance of a technicist ideology -- The competitive dynamics of the strategic field -- PART II. RAND AND THE NEW US MILITARY POSTURE. RAND and the post-Cold War Pentagon -- The work of legitimizing political agendas -- PART III. THE EMISSARIES OF AMERICAN MILITARY THOUGHT. The internationalization of RAND : a tale of US global posture after the Cold War -- RAND and the global diffusion of US strategic concepts -- Conclusion : The disenchantment of strategists?
general note
"First published in French in 2010 as La RAND Corporation (1989-2009). La reconfiguration des savoirs stratégiques aux États-Unis by Editions L'Harmattan, Paris, France."--Title page verso.
abstract
"1991, the Cold War is over. What happens then to the intellectuals who spent their life working and writing about the bipolar confrontation? This book is born out of this very question. Looking at one of the most emblematic American think tank in recent history, the RAND Corporation, it provides key insights on the evolution of strategic studies in the U.S. in the last two decades. Based on numerous interviews and exclusive archives, the research delivers 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, it aims at understanding the rules of the "field" of strategic studies in the United States. Moreover this work allows the readers to better apprehend the way the elements driving the U.S. defense policies since 1989--the political uncertainty and its doctrinal consequences--shaped the major international events in the last two decades"--
"Based on a case study of the RAND Corporation, this book shows how the uncertainties of US defense policies since the fall of the USSR can be understood and accurately illustrated through an analysis of the evolution of the think tank community, and more particularly through a sociological study of the so-called "defense intellectuals" such as the RAND Corporation. Indeed, RAND as the quintessential Cold War think tank provides a fruitful illustration of the difficult adaptation of American strategic studies in the last two decades. "--
catalogue key
8550768
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-189) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jean-Loup Samaan is a research and lecturer at the NATO 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 International of Strategic Studies.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"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.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Based on a case study of the RAND Corporation, this shows how the uncertainties of US defense policies since the fall of the USSR can be understood and illustrated through an analysis of the evolution of the think tank community, and more particularly through a sociological study of the so-called defense intellectuals.
Description for Bookstore
This book shows how the uncertainties of US defense policies since the fall of the USSR can be understood and accurately illustrated through an analysis of the evolution of the think tank community
Long Description
Based on a case study of the RAND Corporation, this book shows how the uncertainties of US defense policies since the fall of the USSR can be understood and accurately illustrated through an analysis of the evolution of the think tank community, and more particularly through a sociological study of the so-called "defense intellectuals" such as the RAND Corporation. Indeed, RAND as the quintessential Cold War think tank provides a fruitful illustration of the difficult adaptation of American strategic studies in the last two decades.
Library of Congress Summary
"Based on a case study of the RAND Corporation, this book shows how the uncertainties of US defense policies since the fall of the USSR can be understood and accurately illustrated through an analysis of the evolution of the think tank community, and more particularly through a sociological study of the so-called "defense intellectuals" such as the RAND Corporation. Indeed, RAND as the quintessential Cold War think tank provides a fruitful illustration of the difficult adaptation of American strategic studies in the last two decades. "--"1991, the Cold War is over. What happens then to the intellectuals who spent their life working and writing about the bipolar confrontation? This book is born out of this very question. Looking at one of the most emblematic American think tank in recent history, the RAND Corporation, it provides key insights on the evolution of strategic studies in the U.S. in the last two decades. Based on numerous interviews and exclusive archives, the research delivers 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, it aims at understanding the rules of the "field" of strategic studies in the United States. Moreover this work allows the readers to better apprehend the way the elements driving the U.S. defense policies since 1989--the political uncertainty and its doctrinal consequences--shaped the major international events in the last two decades"--
Main Description
In 1991 the Cold War ended. What happened then to the intellectuals who spent their life working and writing about the bipolar confrontation? 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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
New and Old Rules of the Military-Intellectual Field
The Inheritance of a Technicist Ideologyp. 19
The Competitive Dynamics of the Strategic Fieldp. 37
RAND and the New US Military Posture
RAND and the Post-Cold War Pentagonp. 61
The Work of Legitimizing Political Agendasp. 79
The Emissaries of American Military Thought
The Internationalization of RAND: A Tale of US Global Posture after the Cold Warp. 117
RAND and the Global Diffusion of US Strategic Conceptsp. 135
Conclusion: The Disenchantment of Strategists?p. 159
Notesp. 169
Indexp. 191
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