April 15, 2014

MacArthur grant funds Reppy Institute research

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced a two-year, $370,000 award to Cornell for research on strategic stability in the face of nuclear weapons reductions. Cornell’s Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies will administer the grant.

The Reppy Institute is an interdisciplinary program of Cornell’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies that focuses on war, peace, arms control, disarmament and collective violence.

Judith Reppy (Cornell) and Catherine M. Kelleher (University of Maryland) jointly conduct the project, which builds on earlier work of theirs that resulted in the 2011 book “Getting to Zero,” a collection of essays on policies needed to achieve drastic reductions in nuclear stockpiles.

The project will contribute new thinking and writing on the problems of managing a stable transition as countries reduce their nuclear armaments. It will also create a network of younger international scholars who will be encouraged to expand on policy approaches and discovery of potential stable outcomes. Three linked workshops will be held in Europe, Asia and Ithaca, N.Y., and discussions will be held in Washington, D.C.

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

Reppy, professor emerita in science and technology studies and a Graduate School professor, holds a doctorate in economics from Cornell. She was a founding member of the global organization Women in International Security and has been active in seminars on arms control and disarmament issues.