Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Think Tank Power Couples

A variety of husband-wife teams have been affiliated with think tanks.  Recent examples include:
  • Kurt Campbell and Lael Brainard.  Mr. Campbell, who just stepped down as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, was the co-founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  He will soon become Chairman of CNAS.  He also served as Senior Vice President, Director of the International Security Program, and the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in National Security Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  His wife, Lael Brainard, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, was a long-time Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
  • Douglas Elmendorf and Karen Dynan.  Mr. Elmendorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), was a Senior Fellow at Brookings.  His wife, Karen Dynan, is Vice President, Co-Director of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings.
  • Frederick Kagan and Kimberly Kagan.  Mr. Kagan is the Christopher DeMuth Chair and Director, Critical Threats Project at American Enterprise Institute (AEI).  His brother is Robert Kagan, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Kimberly Kagan heads the Institute for the Study of War.
  • Robert Einhorn and Jessica Einhorn.  Mr. Einhorn, Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the State Department, was a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) International Security Program.  Jessica Einhorn is a trustee at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) and sits on the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE).  She is also affiliated with the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Muckety has just put together a similar list.  Its think tank power couples include: