PS 1581

PS 1581: Origins and Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation Capstone
William Spaniel
Spring 2018
Lecture: M 1:00-3:30, Posvar 4801
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00, Posvar 4446

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.


April 2: Preventive War, Part II
Slides: Part 1, Part 2

March 26: Preventive War
Slides: Part 1, Part 2

February 26: Measuring Capacity
Slides: Part 1, Part 2

February 19: Capacity
Slides: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

February 12: Economics and Regimes
Slides: Part 1, Part 2

February 5: Security and Alliances
Slides: Part 2, Part 3

January 29: Nuclear Skepticism
Slides: Part 1, Part 2

January 22: Nuclear Coercion
Slides: Part 1

January 8: Introduction
No slides.