Richard Solomon served as the Asia expert on President Nixon’s National Security Council.

Nixon’s week that changed the world was a Cold War game-changer, establishing rapprochement between the U.S. and China after nearly a quarter century of non-communication.

Discussing the impact of the trip is Ambassador Richard Solomon. A specialist in Chinese politics, Ambassador Solomon joined the national security council staff under Dr. Henry Kissinger in 1971. In the Reagan administration, he became director of policy planning at the Department of State and was appointed assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, and Ambassador of the Philippines by President George H.W. Bush.

From 1993 until his retirement in 2012, he served as President of the United States Institute of Peace. He is now a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation.