Richard Johnson

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Introduction Richard Johnson served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State from 1979 to 2002, specializing in Russian, East European and North African affairs. In 1992-93, as a Congressional Fellow, he was foreign policy advisor to Congressman Frank McCloskey. He has a BA and MA in Russian and East European Studies from the Universities of Wesleyan and Michigan, and a MS in National Security Studies from the U.S. National War College. Two essays he wrote at the War College in 1994, inspired by his experience as Desk Officer for Yugoslavia in 1990-92 (“The Pin-Stripe Approach to Genocide” and “Serbia and Russia: U.S. Appeasement and the Resurrection of Fascism”) were published in Stjepan Meštrović, ed., The Conceit of Innocence: Losing the Conscience of the West in the War against Bosnia. Some of his activities in dissent against U.S. policy in the Balkans in 1992-93 are cited in David Halberstam’s War in a Time for Peace and Samantha Power’s A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide. He can be reached at