Committee for the Free World
It was founded in February 1981 with US$125,000 from the Scaife Foundations, the John M. Olin Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Later, donors included Sears and Mobil Oil (now known as ExxonMobil).
Midge Decter served as Executive Director of its Committee. Other members included Jeane Kirkpatrick, Leszek Kołakowski, Irving Kristol, Melvin J. Lasky, Seymour M. Lipset, Donald Rumsfeld, Tom Stoppard and George Will. Eugene V. Rostow, then serving as Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Ronald Reagan, was a speaker at a CFW event on Poland.
It was headquartered in New York City. It published a monthly newsletter, Contentions. It also helped conservative newspapers on college campuses develop and the National Association of Scholars. In 1989, both Decter and Democratic Senator Daniel P. Moynihan denied donating US$1 million to Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi through the organization.
- The Philadelphia Society, Midge Decter biography
- John Ehrman, The Rise of Neoconservatism: Intellectuals and Foreign Affairs, 1945-1994, Yale University Press, 1996, pp. 139-141
- Heritage Foundation Board members
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Midge Decter
- AN OLD WIFE'S TALE: My Seven Decades in Love and War, Publishers Weekly, 07/30/2001
- Judith Miller, Arms control chief asserts Reagan is uncertain how to use power, The New York Times, January 23, 1982
- Moynihan assails India-C.I.A. charge, The New York Times, November 21, 1989