The neoconservative think tank Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) just announced its 2010 Future Leaders Program, described as a program in which “young professionals have been chosen to participate in monthly dinners and discussions aimed at preparing them to become the next generation of leaders in foreign policy”:
This year’s class of Future Leaders will participate in dinners on U.S. diplomatic relationships, the war in Afghanistan, and critical national security threats, among other topics. Leading policy experts will drive the monthly discussions and provide career guidance and advice to the Future Leaders.
Notably, among FPI’s “Future Leaders” is CNN National Security Producer, Jennifer Rizzo.
The orientation of FPI is no secret. Headed by strident Iraq war supporters Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan, along with former U.S. occupation of Iraq spokesman Dan Senor, FPI is an effort to repair neoconservatism’s reputation after leading the U.S. into the Iraq catastrophe, and helping to create the current crisis in Afghanistan.
As part of the effort to re-establish neoconservatism in Washington as a “serious” ideology, building relationships with producers at influential news organizations is obviously a smart move. It will be important to keep an eye on just who FPI brings to its monthly dinners and discussions, and if and how it affects CNN’s coverage of FPI’s current goal of getting the U.S. to bomb Iran.