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MacArthur Foundation Funds New Nuclear Order Research

MacArthur Foundation International Peace & Security program

Creating Conditions for a Stable Transition to a New Nuclear Order builds logically on an earlier project of Reppy and Kelleher that resulted in Getting to Zero (Stanford University Press, 2011), a ground-breaking collection of essays on the policies needed to achieve drastic reductions in existing nuclear stockpiles.

The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, an interdisciplinary program of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University, is administering the grant. The institute focuses on issues of war, peace, arms control, disarmament, and collective violence.

The grant was awarded through the MacArthur Foundation’s program on International Peace and Security. The foundation’s goals in this area are to prevent nuclear terrorism and strengthen stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

The primary goal of the project is to contribute new thinking and writing on the problems of managing a stable transition, as countries reduce their nuclear armaments to low numbers. The project will create a network of young international scholars who will be encouraged to expand on the available policy approaches and the discovery of potential stable outcomes. There will be a linked set of three workshops, to be held in Europe, Asia, and Ithaca, New York, with papers and discussion memos available on a project website. Discussion sessions in Washington D.C. will promote regular dialogue with engaged officials and staffs.

The project leaders are both graduates of Mt. Holyoke College, although they did not meet until years later. Reppy holds a doctorate in economics from Cornell University, where she is now professor emerita in the Department of Science and Technology Studies and a professor in the Graduate School. Kelleher received a doctoral degree in political science from MIT. She is currently College Park Professor at the University of Maryland and teaches in the School of Public Policy. She is also a senior fellow of the Watson Institute at Brown University, where she previously worked on issues of international security involving triangular relations between the United States, Europe, and Russia, funded by the Carnegie Corporation. Both were founding members of Women in International Security, and have been active in seminars on arms control and disarmament issues, nationally and internationally.