MacArthur Fellows Program

Randall Watson Forsberg

Political Scientist and Arms Control Strategist | Class of August 1983

Political Scientist and Arms Control Strategist
Cambridge, Massachusetts
40 at time of award
October 19, 2007
Published August 1, 1983

About Randall's Work

Randall Forsberg was a political scientist who conducted peace research, with emphasis on military policy, arms control, and disarmament.

As founder (1980) and executive director of the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies (IDDS), Forsberg published the monthly Arms Control Reporter and the annual IDDS Almanac: World Arms Holdings, Production, and Trade.  Starting in 1968, she contributed to the first ten annual editions of the SIPRIYearbook of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.  In the early 1980s, she helped found and lead the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign.  After 1990, Forsberg went on to direct several projects on cooperative means of strengthening security, including conventional arms reduction, limits on arms production and trade, and multilateral peacekeeping.  She was a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Nonproliferation and Arms Control.


Among numerous publications, Forsberg co-authored Nonproliferation Primer (1995), and was co-author and editor of The Arms Production Dilemma: Contraction and Restraint in the World Combat Aircraft Industry (1994) and Arms Control in the New Era: Linked Restraints on Arms Deployment, Production, and Trade (1997).

Forsberg received a B.A. (1965) from Barnard College, and a Ph.D. (1997) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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