Richard P. Cronin is a Distinguished Fellow at Stimson. He works on transboundary and nontraditional security issues in Southeast Asia and the South China Sea, from a political economy perspective. Cronin joined Stimson in 2005 after a long career with the Congressional Research Service. He is the author of Hydropower Dams on the Mekong: Old Dreams, New Dangers, (Asia Policy, July 2013) and is the lead co-author of Mekong Turning Point: Shared River for a Shared Future (Stimson, 2012), which focuses on the environmental, food security, and regional stability impacts of mainstream dams being constructed on the Upper Mekong in China, and planned for the Lower Mekong by Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
Cronin earned a B.S. in economics and history, and an M.A. in European history from the University of Houston. He holds a Ph.D. in modern South Asian history from Syracuse University. He served in Vietnam as a brigade-level intelligence officer with the US Army's 1st Infantry Division in 1965-66.