Kissinger, Brzezinski, and Albright, Oh My!
An important - and interesting - subject to study, is that of the role and institutional function of imperial strategists. Within government, the main imperial planners are usually in the Pentagon, the State Department, and the National Security Council. But what happens when they leave government, and equally important, how did they get to these positions? There is a network of think tanks which nurtures "strategic thinkers" - a euphemism for 'imperial planners' - and brings them together with top corporate, financial, media, military, and academic elites to work, research, and plan together. Among the most prominent are the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Brookings Institution. When these individuals enter government, they come with training and preparation, and a great deal of planning, and an even larger number of connections. After they enact imperial policies and leave the government, they re-enter think tanks as management, directing future generations of government advisers, they maintain "independent" advisory roles to government officials, and establish consultancy firms to make themselves rich advising multinational corporations and banks, offering their "insight" and "connections" as lucrative investments.
Three of some of the most prominent "strategic planners" in recent decades are Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Madeleine Albright, who all remain arguably as influential today as when they were close advisers to past presidents.
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