Ambassador Richard Solomon will speak in the Bannan Auditorium tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
The latest volume from the cross-cultural negotiation project of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the volume offers a rich and detailed portrait of the negotiating practices of American officials. It assesses the multiple influences - cultural, institutional, historical, and political - that shape how American presidents and their diplomats approach negotiations with foreign counterparts and highlights the behavioral patterns that transcend the actions of individual negotiators and administrations.
Solomon will also discuss the role, activities and achievements of the United States Institute of Peace, an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. The institute's goals are to help prevent and resolve violent conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and democratic transformation, and increase peace building capacity, tools and intellectual capital worldwide.
Solomon has been president of the United States Institute of Peace since 1993 and has overseen its growth into a center of international conflict management analysis and applied programs. Prior to this assignment, 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 the RAND Corporation. Solomon holds a Ph.D. in political science, with a specialization in Chinese politics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.