Accession Number : ADA294365

Title :   'Think Tanks' and the National Security Strategy Formulation Process: A Comparison of Current American and French Patterns.

Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 94-Apr 95,

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Ranquest, Robert

PDF Url : ADA294365

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : The research organizations known as 'Think Tanks' are considered as specific of the American policy making process, even if somehow equivalent institutions can be found in France. The policy making processes are different in these two countries. The essay analyses first how these processes produce national security strategy formulations, in the case of the 1994 Presidential report to the Congress on one hand, and the 'Livre Blanc' on Defense on the other hand, issued by the U.S. and French executives respectively in July and March 1994. Then, the specific input of Think Tanks in these processes is assessed, and analyzed according to the main characteristics of these organizations, in the U.S. and in France. Finally, the comparison of the two nations patterns shows that the interaction of Think Tanks in the policy-making process is essentially dependent on the specific ways of making policy, reflecting different systems of government, on both sides of the ocean.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *POLITICAL SCIENCE, *NATIONAL SECURITY, *DECISION MAKING, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, CONGRESS, MILITARY STRATEGY, NATIONS, POLICIES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, STRATEGY, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, RESEARCH FACILITIES, FRANCE, PATTERNS, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, NATIONAL DEFENSE, SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATIONS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems
      Geography
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE