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A. Ross Johnson

Senior Scholar
History and Public Policy Program

Contact Information:
T 571/275-1353 // F 202/691-4001
Expertise:
Cold War
;
Democracy
;
History
;
International Development
;
Security and Defense
;
Europe
;
Russia and Eurasia
Affiliation:
Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution; Adviser to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Project, Hoover Archives; former Director, Radio Free Europe
Wilson Center Project(s):
"Communicating with Unfree Societies"
Term:
Oct 15, 2006
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Oct 31, 2016

A. Ross Johnson is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, adviser to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Archive Project at Hoover, and senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson  International Center for Scholars.

Johnson was a senior executive of RFE/RL from 1988 to 2002, serving as director  of Radio Free Europe, director of the RFE/RL Research Institute, and acting president and counselor of RFE/RL. He was a senior staff member of the RAND Corporation from 1969 to 1988, where he specialized in East European and Soviet  security issues. He was a visiting RAND research fellow at the Foundation for  Science and Politics, Germany, in 1983–85.

In recognition of his contribution in preserving the archives of the RFE/RL Polish service, Johnson received the Laurel Award from the prime minister of  Poland in 2001 and a citation for Meritorious Service to Polish Culture from the  Polish minister of culture in 1996.

 

Major Publications

  • A New Vision for US Global Media, with R. Eugene Parta, HAPP Occasional Paper, November 2012.
  • " 'No one is Afraid to Talk to Us Anymore' Radio Free Europe in 1989," in Vladimir Tismaneanu with Bogdan C. Iakob, The End and the Beginning; The Revolutions of 1989 and the Resurgence of History, CEU Press, 2012, 313-330. 
  • “Today’s Liberation Technologies,” Hoover Digest, no. 3  (2011);
  • Cold War Broadcasting: Impact on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Collection of Studies and Documents (CEU Press, 2010, co-edited with R. Eugene Parta);
  • Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty: The CIA Years and Beyond (WWC and Stanford U. Press, 2010);
  • Communicating with the World of Islam (Hoover Press, 2008, editor);
  • “To the Barricades; Did Radio Free Europe inflame the Hungarian revolutionaries of 1956? Exploring one of the Cold War's most stubborn myths,” Hoover Digest, no. 4 (2007);
  • "Setting the Record Straight: Radio Free Europe and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, "History and Public Policy Program Occasional Paper #3, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, October 2006
  • "Cold war Broadcasting Impact," co-author, Hoover Institution, 2005
  • "Kosovo: Keeping the Lid On,"  Hoover Digest, No. 3 (2004);
  • "Security and Insecurity in the Balkans," in Klaus  Lange and Leonid L. Fituni, eds., Integrating Regional and Global Security Cooperation (Hanns Seidel Stiftung, 2002);
  • East European Armed Forces and Soviet Military Planning; Factors of Change (RAND Corporation, 1989);
  • Political Change and Dissent in Eastern Europe (RAND Corporation, 1987);
  • East European Military  Reliability: An Émigré-Based Assessment (RAND Corporation, 1986);
  • Political Leadership in Yugoslavia: Evolution of the League of Communists (RAND Corporation, 1983;
  • Coauthor of  East European Military Establishments: The Warsaw Pact Northern Tier (Crane Russak, 1982); 
  • The Yugoslav Military Elite  (RAND Corporation, 1977); 
  • The Transformation of Communist Ideology, the   Yugoslav Case, 1945–1953 (MIT Press, 1972).

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