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.


January 22: Nuclear Coercion
Readings: Winning with the Bomb, Nuclear Superiority and the Balance of Resolve, Bargaining, Nuclear Proliferation, and Interstate Disputes

Slides: Part 1

January 8: Introduction
Readings: Atomic Audit (just introduction)