PS 1581 (2019 Spring)

PS 1581: Origins and Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation Capstone
William Spaniel
Spring 2019
Lecture: Thursdays, 9:00-11:30, 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.


Topic 7: Bargaining
Fearon, Kreps and Fuhrmann, Chadefaux, Spaniel, Extra

Topic 6: Capacity
Fuhrmann, Kroenig, Miller, Wrap Up

Topic 5: Short Presentations

Topic 4: Security and Economics
Sagan, Monteiro and Debs, Singh and Way, Jo and Gartzke, Wrap Up

Topic 3: Optimists and Pessimists
Beardsley and Asal, Kroenig, Sechser and Fuhrmann, Mueller, Wrap Up

Topic 2: Country Presentations

Topic 1: Overview