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Obama's foreign policy and economics teams contain a lot of big beasts—expect clashes. And the Woodrow Wilson Centre emerges as Obama's favourite think tank

By Renegade   February 2009

Obama the lion tamer

Can Barack Obama play the lion-tamer and rein in his big beasts? Trouble may lurk ahead in the way that he intends to run the grander fiefdoms of his administration. Start with foreign policy, where Hillary Clinton at the state department, Robert Gates at the Pentagon, Leon Panetta at the CIA and Jim Jones, who as national security adviser is based in the White House, will all be growling from their separate dens. Off to one side is vice-president Joe Biden, who as former chairman of the senate foreign relations committee reckons that he knows more…

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