Richard H. Solomon

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Senior Fellow
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Education

Ph.D. in political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Richard H. Solomon is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation. Solomon previously served as president of the United States Institute of Peace from 1993 to 2012.

Solomon was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs from 1989 to 1992. He negotiated the Cambodia peace treaty, the first United Nations "Permanent Five" peacemaking agreement; had a leading role in the dialogue on nuclear issues between the United States and South and North Korea; helped establish the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative; and led U.S. negotiations with Japan, Mongolia, and Vietnam on important bilateral matters. In 1992–93, Solomon served as U.S. ambassador to the Philippines. He coordinated the closure of the U.S. naval bases and developed a new framework for bilateral and regional security cooperation.

Solomon previously served as director of policy planning at the Department of State and as a senior staff member of the National Security Council. In 1995, Solomon was awarded the State Department's Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, and he has received awards for policy initiatives from the governments of Korea and Thailand. In 2005, he received the American Political Science Association's Hubert H. Humphrey career award for “notable public service by a political scientist."

Solomon began his career as professor of political science at the University of Michigan, and also served as head of the Political Science Department at RAND. Solomon holds a Ph.D. in political science, with a specialization in Chinese politics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Recent Media Appearances

Commentary: U.S. News & World Report

Commentary

  • Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Reza Najafi attends a news conference in Vienna

    A 'Nixon to China' Moment with Iran?

    The current negotiations with Iran designed to eliminate its nuclear weapons capability seem to lack a broader strategic objective: stabilizing the Middle East with a regional balance of power. What does the China experience tell us about prospects for a strategic breakthrough with Iran?

    Dec 24, 2013 U.S. News & World Report

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