Monday, September 12, 2016

Think Tankers Jockeying for Key Posts in Clinton Administration

Scholars at some of Washington, DC's top think tanks are jockeying for attention and power as they vie for  key posts in a possible Hillary Clinton Administration.

Reporting from Politico shows that a number of high-level think tankers are in the running for key posts within a Clinton Administration.  Examples include:

  • Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress (CAP), will likely be some type of "senior adviser" to Mrs. Clinton, and possibly the domestic policy adviser.
  • William Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, could be the next secretary of state.
  • Wendy Sherman, a non-resident Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, is also in the running for secretary of state.
  • Nick Burns, who is on the Board of Directors at Harvard's Belfer Center, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and Atlantic Council, is another possibility for secretary of state.
  • Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution, is also being talked about as a possible secretary of state.
  • Kurt Campbell, Co-founder and former CEO of Center for a New American Security (CNAS), could also become secretary of state.
  • Michele Flournoy, Co-founder and CEO of CNAS is a possible secretary of defense.
  • Lael Brainard, formerly at Brookings, is a possibility for treasury secretary.
  • John Podesta, Co-founder of the Center for American Progress (CAP), could possibly become the next energy secretary.

In related news, Think Tank Watch has just reported that scholars from the Roosevelt Institute are drafting a list of key people that want in a Clinton Administration.