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John Richardson

Professor School of International Service

Dr. John Richardson has pioneered computer modeling to study long-term global problems involving relationships between population, resources and environment. His co-authored books, Making it Happen: A Positive Guide to the Future, and Ending Hunger: An Idea whose Time Has Come, made his research available to non-technical audiences.


PhD, political science, University of Minnesota; BA, history, Dartmouth College

SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 219
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Richardson's current work focuses on the causes of political conflict in Third World nations and non-violent strategies for development.

Professional Presentations

  • "Sri Lanka and the Global Political Economy: Foreign Policy Perspectives." Invited paper given at the Conference on "Sri Lanka: Legacy and Prospects." Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., March, 1998. 
  • "Resilience and Crises of Democracy and Governance in Non Western Settings: Fifty Years of South Asian Experience. Seminar sponsored jointly by the SID, Washington Chapter Asia Roundtable and the Tulane University Institute for International Development. Washington DC. December, 1998.
  • "Fifty Years of Democratization in South Asia" and "Why not a Government of National Unity." Lectures given to students in the General Studies Program of the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute. Colombo, August, 1999.
  • Participated in a workshop on "Governance and Corruption in South Asia" organized by the International Center for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, July, 1999.
  • Conducted workshop on curriculum reform in Sri Lankan higher education for faculty members of the Department of Political Science and Modern History, University of Colombo. Colombo, August, 1999.
  • Along with CSIS South Asian Studies Director and Retired Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, lectured to members of the Serendipity Group ("Friends of Sri Lanka") on "Recent Developments in Sri Lanka." Washington, D.C., December, 1999.
  • Invited participant, U.S. Institute of Peace Roundtable Discussion on "Prospects for Negotiations in the Sri Lankan Crisis: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy." Washington D.C., June 2000.

Executive Experience

  • Charter Member of the Editorial Board, Futures Research Quarterly, 1984-present
  • Nominator, Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize Competition, 1992-present
  • Member of the Board of Directors, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 1993-present
  • International Advisory Committee Member, Center for Private Sector Development, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1999-presentorial Board
  • Member, Ethnic Studies Report, 1998–present

Selected Publications

  • History and Politics – Millenial Perspectives: Essays in Honor of Kingsley M. de Silva, (editorial board member), Law and Society Trust, 1999.
  • Democratization in South Asia: TheFirst 50 Years, ed. with S.W.R. D. Samarasinghe, Sridevi Publications for the International Center for Ethnic Studies, 1998.
  • Ending Hunger: An Idea Whose Time has Come, with Elizabeth Neeld, Donella Meadows, Ted Howard and Joan Holmes, F.A. Praeger, 1985.
  • Making it Happen: A Positive Guide to the Future (ed.), U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, 1982.
  • Groping in the Dark: The First Decade of Global Modeling, with Donella Meadows and Gerhart Bruckmann, John Wiley & Sons, 1982.
  • Partners in Development: AID University Relations, 1950-1966, Michigan State University Press, 1969.

Media Appearances

  • CNN International News
  • Sri Lankan National Television
  • The Washington Times