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Prof Inderjeet Parmar - research

Research interests

Specific research interests:

My research interests focus on the history, politics and sociology of foreign policy elites, specifically embodied in organisations such as philanthropic foundations, think tanks, policy research institutes, university foreign affairs institutes, and state agencies.

I have recently become interested in Anti-Americanism, post-9-11 US foreign policy shifts, and the changing character of the US foreign policy Establishment.

Current research projects:

Currently, I am engaged in research on a number of foreign policy elite institutions in the US, especially the Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford and German Marshall Fund of the US , Foundations. In particular, I have researched and written three pieces on the role of US foundations in promoting Americanism and combating anti-Americanism, covering the period from the Cold War to the present era of globalization. On the Cold War aspects, an additional research paper has been web published by the Centre for Policy Studies, Central European University, Budapest, as part of its project on anti-Americanism; [Download pdf]

On anti-Americanism and the foundations, a chapter appeared in a volume edited by Brendon OConnor and M. Griffiths, The Rise of Anti-Americanism (Routledge, forthcoming 2006).

My principal project over the past two years was a research monograph entitled Foundations of the American Century: Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and US Foreign Affairs, 1920-2005. It examines the origins, aims and development of the major US foundations, their roots in the corporate economy and their increasingly close links with the American state. The book will show that the foundations countered and undermined isolationism in the 1920s and 1930s, built an internationalist community at the same time, developed international relations as a discipline in the universities, as well as enhancing the state?s capacity in foreign affairs. During the Cold War, the foundations intervened directly in several key areas of US foreign affairs, including combating anti-Americanism and promoting Americanism in strategic states such as Chile and Indonesia. The book also examines the foundations? contributions to globalisation processes in the late 20th century and their continuing contributions to the maintenance and consolidation of American hegemony after September 11.

A new project is also being developed on the emergence of a new US foreign policy consensus terror war liberalism that examines the impact of 9-11 on US foreign policy politics. The first part of this project was published as Catalysing Events, Think Tanks, and American Foreign Policy Shifts: A comparative analysis of the impacts of Pearl Harbor 1941 and 11 September 2001,â Government and Opposition (40) 1 2005. The second element of this project was presented at the American National Identities Conference at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford in November 2006, the Keele Norface Seminar in May 2007, and at the ECPR meetings at Pisa, 2007. It is entitled "A New Conservative Foreign Policy Establishment and Consensus?"

I am also researching the social, corporate, religious and other characteristics of the neo-conservative foreign policy establishment, and its numerous interconnections with the Bush administration and with traditional liberal internationalist think tanks and foundations, such as the Council on Foreign Relations.

My new book project, Presidents and Premiers at War: Anglo-American Wars from Korea to Afghanistan is contracted for publication by Manchester University Press.