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How Does a Center-Right Think Tank Approach Conservatism in the Trump Era?

Published in The Washington Post on July 3, 2019

This week, Robert Doar became the 12th president of the American Enterprise Institute, one of the leading think tanks in the conservative world. Below is a transcript of an interview with Doar, lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

Henry Olsen: Robert, you’re taking over one of the most important institutions on the center-right. What do you want people to know about you?

Robert Doar: I come to AEI from working in responsible positions in center-right administrations. I worked for former governor George Pataki for almost 12 years in New York state and then worked for former mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City. …

I am a manager more than I am a big thinker. … My goal is to make us a collection of individuals doing interesting and compelling work and contributing to the public debate in a way that furthers our core values — which are free markets, free people, limited government, a strong American role in the world and economic opportunity for all.

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