Guess Who's on Jindal's Reading List for 2016 Bid

By Drucker, David M. | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, February 13, 2015 | Go to article overview

Guess Who's on Jindal's Reading List for 2016 Bid


Drucker, David M., Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Gov. Bobby Jindal offered the Washington Examiner a peek at his foreign-policy bookshelf this week as the Louisiana Republican moves closer to announcing a run for president.

In D.C. Monday to discuss education reform, the governor steered interviews with reporters toward foreign policy and national security -- issues dominating the 2016 race for the GOP nomination at this early stage. Following the Christian Science Monitor roundtable, Jindal's advisors shared with the Examiner the reading list of books by noted academics and tacticians that have informed Jindal's approach to foreign policy and national security:

- Diplomacy, by Henry Kissinger (1994)

- Presidential Command, by Peter Rodman (2009)

- Special Providence, by Walter Russell Mead (2001)

- Conservative Internationalism, by Henry Nau (2013)

- Advice to War Presidents, by Angelo Codevilla (2009)

- Empire: The Rise and Demise of British World Order, by Niall Ferguson (2004)

- Strategy: A History, by Lawrence Freedman (2013)

Jindal said he has sought counsel on occasion from former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo.; Ambassador John Bolton; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Kissinger, among others.

Proving readiness for the commander in chief role has become a routine test for White House aspirants -- and Jindal, even though his political experience has all been domestic, seems to be aiming for an early lead on his rivals in the field of foreign policy.

As the 2016 campaign unfolds, Republican primary voters are especially hungry for a steady hand to take control of unfolding global crises -- from the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria; to the collapse of Yemen; to an aggressive Vladimir Putin in Russia; to an increasingly belligerent China. Like most of the field of potential 2016 Republicans, particularly the sitting and former governors, Jindal is studying up and working to expand his reach beyond domestic policy.

The governor's homework has included what is becoming for Republicans the obligatory trip to the United Kingdom. He completed working through his reading list late last summer. For Jindal and the collection of sitting and former governors, burnishing foreign policy bona fides is a process. They need to have a sense of America's place in the world to decide how they want to lead and how to translate that into action as president. …

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