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Andrew Marshall, Pentagon’s Threat Expert, Dies at 97 - The New York Times
By Julian E. Barnes
March 26, 2019

Andrew Marshall, a Pentagon strategist who helped shape U.S. military thinking on the Soviet Union, China and other global competitors for more than four decades, has died. He was 97. Mr. Marshall, as director of the Office of Net Assessment, was the secretive futurist of the Pentagon, a long-range thinker who prodded and inspired secretaries of defense and high-level policymakers.......Marshall was revered in the DoD as a mysterious Yoda-like figure who embodied an exceptionally long institutional memory.......... Marshall's view of China as a potential strategic adversary, an idea now at the heart of national defense strategy....Through his many hires and Pentagon grants..... Mr. Marshall trained a coterie of experts and strategists in Washington and beyond.....he cultivated thinking that looked beyond the nation’s immediate problems and sought to press military leaders to approach long-term challenges differently......His gift was the framing of the question, the discovery of the critical question..... always picking the least studied and most strategically significant subjects....Marshall’s career as a strategic thinker began in 1949 at the RAND Corporation, where his theory of competitive strategies took root. Borrowing from business school theories of how corporations compete against each other, Mr. Marshall argued that nations are also in strategic competition with one another. “His favorite example was if you can pit your strengths against someone else’s weakness and get them to respond in a way that makes them weaker and weaker, you can put them out of business without ever fighting,”....He had early insight into the economic troubles the Soviet Union was having, and helped develop strategies to exacerbate those problems and help bring about the demise of the Soviet Union....In 2009, Robert M. Gates, the defense secretary at the time, asked Mr. Marshall to write a classified strategy on China with Gen. Jim Mattis, the future defense secretary.
adversaries  assessments_&_evaluations  China  China_rising  classified  economists  éminence_grise  future  futurists  inspiration  institutional_memory  long-range  long-term  obituaries  Pentagon  policymakers  problem_framing  RAND  rising_powers  Robert_Gates  SecDef  security_&_intelligence  strategic_thinking  threats  trailblazers  uChicago 
march 2019 by jerryking
Mulroney, Bush and the last lyrical act of a unique friendship
December 5, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | ANDREW COHEN.

When Brian Mulroney delivered a eulogy to George H.W. Bush at his funeral in Washington Wednesday, it was the last, lyrical act of a unique friendship between a prime minister of Canada and a president of the United States......It was natural, then, for Mr. Mulroney to lionize him as he did at the Washington National Cathedral, declaring no president of the great republic “more courageous, more principled, more honourable.” For Mr. Mulroney, paying this kind of tribute has become an avocation. He spoke at the funeral of Ronald Reagan in 2004 and that of Mr. Reagan’s wife, Nancy, in 2016.....In June, 1999, they met in Montreal to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the agreement. They needed no reason to see each other then; they forgathered every Labour Day weekend at Mr. Bush’s seaside retreat in Kennebunkport, Me.....William Thorsell, who was then editor of The Globe and Mail, asked me to come from Washington to join him and a colleague in conversation with the two former leaders....focus on free trade; William suggested exploring the personal, such as friendship, public service and life after politics.

Today, in Donald Trump’s America, the conversation that day is a hymn to civility, loyalty and humanity. There were differences in temperament. Mr. Bush was detached and modest. Mr. Mulroney was self-conscious, restless and in search of vindication.......In the years since, Mr. Mulroney has become an elder statesman in Canada, an éminence grise who robustly supported the Liberal government in renegotiating NAFTA. It was a display of patriotism that Mr. Bush surely applauded.

Both reflected their political cultures. Mr. Bush was welcomed into the circle of former presidents, which would allow him to call Mr. Clinton “a son.” In Canada, where prime ministers face each other as gladiators in Parliament, there is less of this kindness and gentility. It explains why former prime ministers dislike each other.

But presidents and prime ministers generally do play well, particularly Republicans and Conservatives, Democrats and Liberals. John F. Kennedy and Lester Pearson got along famously, as did Pierre Trudeau and Gerald Ford, as well as Mr. Clinton and Jean Chrétien. Some have no chemistry at all: Mr. Kennedy and John Diefenbaker; Richard Nixon and Mr. Trudeau; Barack Obama and Stephen Harper.

There were prime ministers and presidents who held office longer than Brian and George. But none maintained a friendship longer, out of power, with the depth of affection that Mr. Bush and Mr. Mulroney did.

And so that’s why Brian Mulroney stood in the well of the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday. He was saying farewell, amid laughter and tears, to a friend
Brian_Mulroney  éminence_grise  farewells  friendships  obituaries  tributes  George_H.W._Bush  eulogies  personal_chemistry 
december 2018 by jerryking
The Wonk With the Ear of Chinese President Xi Jinping - WSJ.com
June 4, 2013 | WSJ | By JEREMY PAGE.
The Wonk With the Ear of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

One senior foreign diplomat described Mr. Wang as "Karl Rove and Henry Kissinger rolled into one" because of his influence on domestic and foreign policy. Other observers likened him more to a traditional Confucian scholar-official who dedicates his life to the emperor.

Mr. Wang's precise role in policy making is unclear. The Research Office has no website, spokesperson or even public telephone number, and attempts to reach Mr. Wang directly for comment weren't successful.

His expertise, experience and rising status in the party suggest he will play an important role in shaping China over the next decade, and possibly well beyond, according to party insiders, diplomats and analysts. He was promoted in November to the Politburo, making him a contender for a seat on its Standing Committee, the top decision-making body, in 2017. If current retirement norms endure, he would not have to step down until 2027.

Because of his background as a professor at Shanghai's Fudan University, where he headed the international politics department and was dean of the law school, he was expected by many observers to replace Dai Bingguo as the top foreign-policy official this year after a parliament meeting in March.

Instead, despite the biggest leadership shake-up in a decade, Mr. Wang remained head of the Research Office. Several friends said he had turned down a promotion, preferring to work behind the scenes.
China  Xi_Jinping  éminence_grise  leaders  boards_&_directors_&_governance  Chinese_Communist_Party  Politburo_Standing_Committee  strategic_thinking 
august 2013 by jerryking
A family’s candid friend - FT.com
December 8 | FT | By Edward Luce. A look at uber lawyer Jim Baker
Iraq  éminence_grise  lawyers  dealmakers  Edward_Luce 
august 2012 by jerryking
Our People | NATIONAL.ca
Bruce Anderson

Senior Advisor

Email Bruce
T: 1-613-882-0929 F: 1-613-233-2431
Ottawa
public_relations  éminence_grise  Bruce_Anderson 
february 2012 by jerryking
Senior Advisers: Two Old Friends Talk Fishing, Finance - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 21, 2011 | WSJ | By MICHAEL CORKERY

Senior Advisers: Two Old Friends Talk Fishing and Finance
Former Fed Chief and New York Fix-It Man Share Office, Task Force; 'Rent Was Cheap'

By MICHAEL CORKERY
Paul_Volcker  éminence_grise  U.S._Federal_Reserve  George_Soros 
november 2011 by jerryking
Obama’s Peace Tack Contrasts With Key Aide, Friend of Israel - NYTimes.com
By HELENE COOPER and MARK LANDLER
Published: May 21, 2011

Dennis Ross is the most senior member of a coterie of American diplomats
who have advised presidents stretching back to Ronald Reagan. Unlike
many of his colleagues, Mr. Ross has thrived in Republican and
Democratic administrations.

“Dennis is viewed as the éminence grise, a sort of Rasputin who casts a
spell over secretaries of state and presidents,” said Aaron David
Miller, a Middle East expert who has worked with him over several
administrations and says he is an admirer. “But in the end, it’s the
president who makes the ultimate decisions.”

Denis R. McDonough, the deputy national security adviser, said: “Dennis
brings to the discussion a recognition of the vital importance of peace
to the parties, but also to the United States. He’s in many ways
dedicated much of his professional life to getting there.”
Dennis_Ross  obama  Mideast_Peace  King_Addullah_II  Palestinians  diplomacy  éminence_grise  Middle_East 
may 2011 by jerryking
Wolf Hall
21 May 2009 | New Statesman | Review by Rachel Aspden of Hilary
Mantel's Wolf Hall. In the hands of Hilary Mantel, Tudor kitsch
becomes something darker and less digestible. Wolf Hall takes a forensic
slice through a nation caught between feudalism and capitalism, the
Middle Ages and modernity, Catholicism and the revolutionary doctrines
emerging from the Continent. Memories of the disastrous dynastic wars of
the previous century are still fresh, and fears of another are growing.
As there is little national, so there is no personal, security: noble
and commoner alike are only ever a step away from their legal
transformation into a mangled corpse or a smouldering residue of “mud,
grease, charred bone”.

Mantel’s hero for this age of uncertainty is Thomas Cromwell....he is a
champion of reason and – unlike other, less scrupulous members of the
nobility – of the rule of law.
book_reviews  novels  england  royal_courts  fiction  the_English_Reformation  forensics  éminence_grise  Hilary_Mantel  Tudors  feudalism  Protestant_Reformation  protagonists  Middle_Ages  Thomas_Cromwell  historical_fiction 
july 2010 by jerryking
The Men Who Made England
March 2010 | The ATLANTIC MAGAZINE | By Christopher Hitchens.
Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is a service to the history it depicts, and
puts the author in the very first rank of historical novelists.
book_reviews  Christopher_Hitchens  history  Thomas_Cromwell  fiction  royal_courts  the_English_Reformation  éminence_grise  Hilary_Mantel  Tudors  Protestant_Reformation  protagonists  Middle_Ages  historical_fiction 
july 2010 by jerryking
Book Review: Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 10, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by MARTIN RUBIN who reviews "Wolf Hall" By Hilary Mantel
Henry Holt, 532 pages, $27.
book_reviews  United_Kingdom  History  royal_courts  Thomas_Cromwell  éminence_grise  Hilary_Mantel  Tudors  Protestant_Reformation  protagonists  Middle_Ages  historical_fiction 
october 2009 by jerryking
Rodier the strategist behind the scenes - The Globe and Mail
June 6, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | Michael Grange. Profiles
Richard Rodier, the legal strategist behind Jim Balsillie's bid to
acquire the Phoenix Coyotes out of bankruptcy protection.

From Saturday's Globe and Mail, Saturday, Jun. 06, 2009
hockey  Jim_Balsillie  NHL  bankruptcies  éminence_grise  legal_strategies  lawyers 
june 2009 by jerryking

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