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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Lunch Program
Rethinking Territorial Autonomy
Shane Barter

Shane Barter, professor at Soka University of America and author of several studies related to secessionist conflicts, examines the complex, underappreciated politics of territorial autonomy. Territorial autonomy provides special powers to subnational governments representing minorities. Found in several political hotspots—Hong Kong, Tibet, Scotland, Catalonia, Quebec, Papua, Kashmir—it represents compromise between incorporation and independence. However, autonomous regions tend to be centralized and oppress local ethnic minorities, suggesting a need to rethink territorial autonomy.

Shane Barter is associate professor at Soka University of America.  Earning his PhD from the University of British Columbia, he has worked for Forum-Asia, the Carter Center, European Union, and Canadian Government, the latter including observing the Summer 2019 Ukrainian elections.  Dr. Barter's research focuses on Southeast Asian politics, namely armed conflicts in Indonesia.  He has authored books on civil strategies in civil war, the Pacific Basin, and internal migration, as well as published articles related to separatism, post-conflict elections, civilians in war, and more.  He has just completed a visiting scholar position at Australian National University, part of a research project on territorial autonomy.

Professor Barter's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by CIRS, the Claremont International Relations Society.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Evening Program
A Nuclear Deal, if You Can Keep It – Lessons Learned from Iran and North Korea Diplomacy
Richard Johnson ‘01

As North Korea expands its nuclear and missile programs, while increasing tensions threaten to unwind the historic deal that restricted Iran’s nuclear activities, what are the chances diplomacy can make a comeback to prevent a new proliferation crisis? Richard Johnson ’01, senior director for fuel cycle and verification at Nuclear Threat Initiative, draws on his experiences as a diplomat at the negotiating table with both Pyongyang and Tehran to explore why past nuclear agreements have faltered and how to succeed in future talks.

Richard Johnson ‘01 is senior director for fuel cycle and verification at the Nuclear Threat Initiative ("NTI"). Previously, he served as the deputy lead coordinator (acting) for Iran Nuclear Implementation at the U.S. Department of State, having also served as assistant coordinator for Iran Nuclear Issues. Prior to working at the Department of State, Johnson was director for nonproliferation at the National Security Council in the Obama Administration.

Johnson held numerous positions at the Department of State, including as special assistant to Secretary Hillary Clinton's special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control and as nonproliferation officer for the Office of Korean Affairs, as well as a posting to the U.S. embassy in Beijing.

Johnson has been involved deeply in Iran and North Korea nuclear issues, including as a member of the U.S. delegations to the JCPOA Joint Commission and the Six-Party Talks. On assignment to the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, Johnson was a U.S. nuclear disablement monitor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility in the DPRK. 

He also previously served as senior legislative aide and field representative for California Assembly member Carol Liu. He graduated as valedictorian from Claremont McKenna College and later earned his master’s degree at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Johnson is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a Presidential Management Fellow, as well as a one-time Jeopardy champion.

Mr. Johnson's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the President's Leadership Fund.