Thursday, February 26, 2015

Russia's RT Bashes American Think Tanks

Russia's RT has a new piece titled "American Think Tank Policy: Not For Or By The People," written by Phil Butler, a policy and public relations analyst for Russia Today and a partner at the digital marketing firm Pamil Visions PR.

Among other things, the piece takes a strong swipe at Zbigniew Brezezinski, the former US national security adviser who has strong ties to think tanks such as Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Atlantic Council:
There’s a term that Brzezinski and other think tank brains adhere to, it’s a term the Council on Foreign Relations defines, a central strategic idea known as the “Arc of Crisis.” The concept is essentially an American strategy aimed at surrounding Russia, an ongoing and devastatingly negative fight against a convenient and well known foe.
...Moving forward past the tens of millions funding Washington think tanks, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and organizations like the Brookings Institution are the playgrounds for the Brzezinskis of the world.

The piece goes on to list seven well-known or well-connected people and their various think tank affiliations.

RT is not exactly known for being super friendly to US think tanks...