PS 1581: Origins and Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation Capstone
Lecture: Mondays, Benedum G29, 1:45-4:10
Office Hours: Tuesdays, Posvar 4446, 1:00-3:00
For more than 70 years, nuclear weapons have had a central role in international relations, beginning with Cold War diplomacy between the United States and Soviet Union to ongoing negotiations with Iran and North Korea today. This class investigates why states develop nuclear weapons and how nuclear weapons affect international politics following proliferation. We will use a seminar method, with students presenting existing research papers and others commenting and criticizing the work. The class culminates in students developing their own papers.
Class Materials: Nuclear Compellence, Nuclear Deterrence, Compellence versus Deterrence: A Phantom Distinction, Mutually Assured Destruction
Class Materials: The Failed Agreed Framework
Class Materials: The Hidden Problem with Nuclear Black Markets, The Soviet Union’s Mad Scramble to Build Nuclear Weapons, How Secret Weapons Programs Cause War, The Iran Deal and Nuclear Divestment
Class Materials: How Implosion Type Bombs Work, How Boosted Fission Bombs Work, How Hydrogen Bombs Work, How Destructive Are Nuclear Weapons?, Nuclear Weapons Delivery Systems, The Capacity Model