The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has been making significant contributions to education, research, and public service since 1978. Included below are highlights during the tenure of ACDIS directors.

UIUC Professor Charles Osgood’s Alternative to War and Surrender (Osgood 1962), published by University of Illinois Press, outlined a strategy that eventually used to cap and partly roll back the USSR/NATO nuclear arms race. Inspired by this publication, University of Illinois professors Arthur Chilton, Edward Kolodziej, and Stephen Cohen founded ACDIS.

Arthur Chilton (ACDIS Director 1978-1983, Professor in Nuclear Engineering)

  • Set a precedent for an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship on security problems by integrating the contributions from UIUC’s College of Engineering with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ACDIS.

Edward Kolodziej (ACDIS Director 1983-1986, Professor in Political Science)

  • Initiated a long-standing National Defense Fellows program for U.S. Air Force majors and lieutenant colonels.
Edward Kolodziej

Jeremiah Sullivan (ACDIS Director 1986-1994, Professor in Physics)

  • Established ACDIS as a national presence providing critical information about arms control and disarmament through reports with the American Physical Society and the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment.
Jeremiah Sullivan

Stephen Cohen (ACDIS Director 1994-1998, Professor in Political Science)

  • Established ACDIS as an international presence by bringing mid-career professionals from India, Pakistan, China, and other countries together to discuss security issues through the longest running continuous series of Fort Foundation grants of its kind
Stephen B. Cohen

Clifford Singer (ACDIS Director, 1998-2006 and 2015-2018, Professor Emeritus in Nuclear Engineering)

  • Enhanced ACDIS as a national and international force through influential conferences and articles on arms control and nuclear arms reduction.
Clifford Singer

Julian Palmore (ACDIS Director, 2006-2008, Professor in Mathematics)

  • Continued ACDIS projects about international security issues.
Julian Palmore

Colin Flint (ACDIS Director, 2008-2010, Professor in Geography)

  • Reinstated ACDIS’ tradition of providing well-researched background information to the national policymaking process through reports that informed government staff about spent nuclear fuel and other security issues.
Colin Flint

Edward Kolodziej (Interim ACDIS Director, 2011-2016, Professor Emeritus in Political Science)

  • Strengthened outreach toward undergraduate education with a series of on-campus “teach-ins,” summer workshops, and the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Security.


Matthias Grosse Perdekamp (ACDIS Director, 2018-present, Director of the Physics Department)

Matthias Perdekamp


From 1978 until now, ACDIS has received generous grants from the American Military Institute, Anonymous Donor, Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Preparatory Commission, Ford Foundation, IREX, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, University of Chicago, Meridian House, Mershon Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Strategy Information Center, New Prospect Foundation, Options Program, Rockefeller Foundation, Smith-Richardson Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Secure World Foundation.