Richard J. Barnet

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Richard Jackson Barnet, "a Kennedy administration official who was a founder of the Institute for Policy Studies [in 1963], one of the first research organizations in the country to address public policy from a left-wing vantage point, died yesterday [2004] at his home in Washington. He was 75...

"Mr. Barnet was a co-director of the institute for many years, and until his death he also served as a distinguished fellow there. He was the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, and a contributor to Harper's Magazine, The Nation and the Op-Ed page of The New York Times.

"Trained as a lawyer, Mr. Barnet served in the State Department in 1961, and, from 1961 to 1962, in the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency...

"He graduated from Harvard in 1951 and from Harvard Law School three years later. As a fellow at Harvard's Russian Research Center, he produced a study of the disarmament negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union that became his first book, "Who Wants Disarmament?" (1960)." [1]


  • "Roots of War" (1972)
  • "Global Reach: The Power of the Multinational Corporations" (1974, with Ronald E. Muller)
  • "Youngest Minds: Parenting and Genes in the Development of Intellect and Emotion" (1998, published with his wife Ann B. Barnet)

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  1. Richard J. Barnet, Founder of a Liberal Research Institute, Dies at 75, New York Times, accessed January 23, 2008.
  2. Bios, Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy, accessed September 7, 2009.