Richard Johnson


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I joined the School of Government and Public Policy in 2013, after completing a PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Davis.  I also hold a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles along with an awesome AA in Liberal Arts from Long Beach Community College. 

My broad interests revolve around the arms trade, international conflict processes (and their effect on domestic politcal processes), and international conflict management.


A full CV can be downloaded from my webpage at:

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the following ares:

  • Arms trade; broadly defined and policy versus practice of individual states
  • Military aid allocation
  • Effects of arms transfers on international processes
  • Scientific study of conflict

The primary focus of my research revolves around arms transfers between states.  My doctoral thesis focused on how arms diffuse throughout the international system, how exporters and importers choose their arms transfer partners and why importers change their behaviour by diversifying their arms networks.

I am currently engaged in two main projects.  The first examines why the major powers choose to intervene (or not to intervene) in international conflict by supplying major weapon systems to the states directly involved.  The second examines the decision-making process of the United States’ arms sales policies in comparison to military aid policies to determine if similar factors are at work.  Both projects use extensive statistical analyses to test the hypotheses proposed.

Future work includes examining British arms transfers in comparison to the policies stated by the government in power since the end of World War II.  I am also interested in how deaths of British soldiers involved in conflict affects voter behaviour.

Teaching Interests

I teach/have taught:

  • L2201 - International Relations and Global Politics
  • L2312 - War, Terrorism, and Conflict
  • L2314 - US National Security Policy
  • L2426 - International Security: Concepts and Issues
  • L2941 - Principles of Research Design
  • L2963 - Contemporary Security Challenges and Responses

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, University of California

Award Date: 1 Jan 2013


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