Judith Reppy

Judith Reppy


* Former board chairwoman of the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies
* Professor emerita at Cornell University, and a member of the university’s Peace Studies Program

Dr. Judith Reppy was the board chairwoman of the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies, a pro-disarmament group with ties to such leftwing organizations as Americans for Democratic Action, the War Resisters League, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the World Federalists. Founded in 1980, the IDDS began at a time when its originators believed that the best way to ensure peace was to denude the United States of its defense arsenal. Soon thereafter, IDDS chief executive Randall Forsberg launched the nuclear freeze movement, a Soviet-sponsored initiative that would have frozen Soviet nuclear and military superiority in place, and would have rendered the new American president, Ronald Reagan, unable to close that gap by any appreciable degree. Reagan opposed the concept of a unilateral freeze, and his opposition was ultimately vindicated by America’s Cold War victory. The success of Reagan’s strategy is detailed in Peter Schweizer’s book Victory: The Reagan Administration’s Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union.

A professor emerita of Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues at Cornell University, Reppy was also a member of the Cornell University Peace Studies Program.

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