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Encyclopedia > Randall Forsberg

Dr. Randall Caroline Forsberg has led a lifetime of research and advocacy on ways to reduce the risk of war, minimize the burden of military spending, and promote democratic institutions. Her career started at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in 1968. In 1980 she returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts (where she had gotten her Ph.D.) to found the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies as well as to launch the national Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) was founded in 1966 to commemorate 150 years of unbroken peace in Sweden. ... SANE redirects here. ...



  • Urgentcall.org
  • 2002 Write-In candidate for Senate, Massachusetts.
  • 1980 launched the national Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign.

Government Service

  • 1995 appointed by President Clinton to Advisory Committee of US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
  • 1989 briefed President Bush and his Cabinet officials on US-Soviet arms control issues.
  • Served on panels for the US Congressional Research Service, the US General Accounting Office, and the US Office of Technology Assessment;
  • Testified before US Congress
  • Testified before Swedish Parliament
  • three visits to Seoul, South Korea, in 2001 to participate in panels on North-South Korean reconciliation and arms reductions -- two at the invitation of the South Korean military, and one at the invitation of South Korean peace activists.

Talks at West Point, the US Air Force Academy, the National Defense University, and the German War College; and met with senior government officials of Russia, China, Germany, Norway, and other countries. She is on the board or advisory board of the Boston Review, Arms Control Association, Journal of Peace Research, University of California Institute for Global Cooperation and Conflict, and Women's Action for New Directions.


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a major private grant-making foundation based in Chicago that has awarded more than US$3 billion since its inception in 1978. ...


  • B.A. Columbia University
  • Ph.D. Political Science: Defense Policy; Massachusetts Institute of Technology,



  • IDDS Database of World Arms Holdings, Production, and Trade. (annual)
  • Arms Control Reporter, Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies (monthly since 1982)


  • "Citizens and Arms Control",Boston Review,October/November 2002


  • Randall Forsberg and Jonathan Cohen make it clear that the U.S. has no nation-state enemies left who could mount a sustained threat to our national security; see "Issues and Choices in Arms Production and Trade," in Randall Forsberg, editor, THE ARMS PRODUCTION DILEMMA (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994), pgs. 269-290.
  • the Call to Halt the Nuclear Arms Race, the manifesto of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, and she helped found and lead the campaign. 1980

As well as articles in Scientific American, International Security, Technology Review, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, and World Policy Journal.


  • Abolishing War: Culture and Institutions (with Elise Boulding, brc21.org: 1998).
  • Nonproliferation with William Driscoll, Gregory Webb and Jonathan Dean Primer MIT Press April 1995

168 pp., 15 illus. http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=7575

  • The Arms Production DilemmaThe Arms Production Dilemma: Contraction and Restraint in the World Combat Aircraft Industry (MIT Press November 1994)320 pp.


  • Cutting Conventional Forces (1DDS: 1989)
  • Peace Resource Book (Lexiston Books: 1985),
  • The Price of Defense (NYTimes: 1979),
  • Resources Devoted to Military Research and Development: An International Comparison (SIPRI: 1972),

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Progressive Government Institute - Progressive Nominee Data (251 words)
Randall Forsberg founded and directs the Cambridge-based Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies (IDDS), where she publishes the Arms Control Reporter, a monthly reference journal used by governments and think tanks worldwide (see http://www.idds.org).
Randall Forsberg is an internationally known expert on nonproliferation and arms control, as well as an eloquent advocate for peace and democracy.
Forsberg brings to the cabinet the qualifications of leadership, vision, and knowledge needed during this period of crises with Iraq and North Korea.
The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Write-In Moves To Contest Kerry (684 words)
Forsberg said many Massachusetts citizens no longer wanted to vote for the incumbent senator after he supported the Senate resolution, and that she decided to offer an alternative.
Forsberg said Kerry’s motivation in voting for the resolution was based on bolstering his potential bid for presidency in 2004 and that this position has alienated many of his liberal supporters.
Forsberg is also currently directing the “Urgent Call” national campaign to protest the Bush administration’s arms control and nuclear arms policy and to make disarmament a major issue in the 2004 elections.
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