Robert Kagan, neocon listened to by both presidential candidates

By Laurie Bennett

August 27, 2012 at 2:55pm

Foreign Policy has just released a list of the 50 people with the greatest influence on the Republican Party’s positions on international relations.

The top three - John McCain, William Kristol and Condoleezza Rice - are no great surprise.

Robert Kagan
Robert Kagan

But No. 4, Robert Kagan, deserves a closer look.

As Foreign Affairs points out, Kagan is one of the few intellectuals who has entry with both parties. He was an adviser to the McCain campaign in 2008. Now he is advising Mitt Romney while his wife, Victoria Nuland, is spokesperson for President Obama’s State Department.

After the New Republic published an essay in which Kagan disputed the “myth of American decline,” Obama cited him repeatedly.

Kagan is also a co-founder of a bipartisan group pushing for political reform in Egypt before the Arab Spring.

A senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, he and his family make up a sort of mini-brain trust in the think tank world.

His brother, Frederick Kagan, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His father, Donald Kagan, a history professor at Yale, is a trustee emeritus of the Hudson Institute.

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