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Politics of Nuclear (Non-)Proliferation

Michael Smetana Charles University Prague Winter 2021/2022 Politics of Nuclear (Non-)Proliferation is a course about the role of nuclear weapons in international relations that should provide the students with a basic introduction into the world of arms control diplomats, disarmament activists, nuclear experts, and scholars studying the causes and consequences of the spread of nuclear […]

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Michael Smetana

Charles University Prague

Winter 2021/2022

Politics of Nuclear (Non-)Proliferation is a course about the role of nuclear weapons in international relations that should provide the students with a basic introduction into the world of arms control diplomats, disarmament activists, nuclear experts, and scholars studying the causes and consequences of the spread of nuclear weapons. The course is recommended for active students who enjoy interactive teaching methods, challenging debates, and international security puzzles.

Level: Postgraduate

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Nuclear Weapons and Word Politics

Daniel Deudney Johns Hopkins University Fall 2021 This course examines the impact of nuclear weapons on international politics and world order. Topics to be considered include theories of deterrence, proliferation, the development of new weaponry, terrorism, defense, arms control and abolition. The effect of nuclear weapons on the existing state system and prospects for new […]

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Daniel Deudney

Johns Hopkins University

Fall 2021

This course examines the impact of nuclear weapons on international politics and world order. Topics to be considered include theories of deterrence, proliferation, the development of new weaponry, terrorism, defense, arms control and abolition. The effect of nuclear weapons on the existing state system and prospects for new configurations of world governance will also be addressed.

Level: Undergraduate

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Readings in Cooperative Security,Arms Control, and Nonproliferation Policy

Nancy Gallagher University of Maryland Fall 2021 The course first examines various ways of thinking about international security cooperation developed during and after the Cold War. The second part considers policy options to reduce different types of nuclear risks, including bilateral strategic instability, proliferation, terrorist access, and dual-use capabilities in countries like Iran. The third […]

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Nancy Gallagher

University of Maryland

Fall 2021

The course first examines various ways of thinking about international security cooperation developed during and after the Cold War. The second part considers policy options to reduce different types of nuclear risks, including bilateral strategic instability, proliferation, terrorist access, and dual-use capabilities in countries like Iran. The third part focuses on emerging security challenges from the spread of powerful multi-use technologies and other dangerous processes, like civil conflict, climate change and global pandemics that need new forms of cooperation.

Level: Postgraduate

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Nuclear Weapons: Politics and Proliferation

Sharon Weiner American University Fall 2021 This course will help students understand the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. decisions about national security, including the politics of nuclear weapons decision making in the United States, the role of nuclear weapons more broadly in U.S. strategy, and explanations for why other countries pursue, develop, or forego […]

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Sharon Weiner

American University

Fall 2021

This course will help students understand the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. decisions about national security, including the politics of nuclear weapons decision making in the United States, the role of nuclear weapons more broadly in U.S. strategy, and explanations for why other countries pursue, develop, or forego nuclear weapons.

Level: Postgraduate

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Deterring and Influencing Terrorism and WMD

Jeff Knopf Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Fall 2021 This seminar examines deterrence and other strategies for responding to security threats, with a focus on how those strategies might be adapted to deal with the dangers posed by terrorism and WMD proliferation. The course will survey existing research on deterrence and alternative policy […]

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Jeff Knopf

Middlebury Institute of International

Studies at Monterey

Fall 2021

This seminar examines deterrence and other strategies for responding to security threats, with a focus on how those strategies might be adapted to deal with the dangers posed by terrorism and WMD proliferation. The course will survey existing research on deterrence and alternative policy tools such as coercive diplomacy, assurance, and positive incentives. It will introduce some of the latest thinking about whether these tools are useful for influencing actors away from support for terrorism or WMD acquisition or use.

Level: Postgraduate

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Perspectives on Arms control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation

Jens Bartsch Goethe University Frankfurt Spring 2021 This seminar will introduce students to fundamental issues and enduring controversies of arms control, with a special focus on nuclear weapons as the paradigmatic case of arms control. It will explore cross connections between the development of arms control and International Relations theory as well as recent challenges […]

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Jens Bartsch

Goethe University Frankfurt

Spring 2021

This seminar will introduce students to fundamental issues and enduring controversies of arms control, with a special focus on nuclear weapons as the paradigmatic case of arms control. It will explore cross connections between the development of arms control and International Relations theory as well as recent challenges posed by technological and political developments, including controversies over “nuclear justice” or the geopolitical implications of arms control negotiations. At the end of the seminar, students should have a solid base of knowledge about key arms control regimes, both historical and current, in addition to insights into the practical activities of arms control professionals and the debates surrounding arms control within IR.

Level: Undergraduate

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Security in a Nuclear-Armed World

Benoît Pelopidas and Kjølv Egeland Sciences Po Spring 2021 This course will introduce the main debates about nuclear weapons and their effects on international security. Every session will be devoted to a crucial problem of the ‘nuclear age’ which is still relevant to contemporary security policymaking. How do we know that something “is nuclear” or […]

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Benoît Pelopidas and Kjølv Egeland

Sciences Po

Spring 2021

This course will introduce the main debates about nuclear weapons and their effects on international security. Every session will be devoted to a crucial problem of the ‘nuclear age’ which is still relevant to contemporary security policymaking. How do we know that something “is nuclear” or not? Is there a “nuclear revolution” and if so, what does it mean? How do nuclear weapons affect military strategy? How to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? How can we explain the nuclear arms race? What is at stake in the debate about nuclear disarmament and the nuclear ban treaty? Why have nuclear weapons not been used in anger since 1945? What are the political implications of referring to “Weapons of Mass Destruction” (WMD)? These questions will be introduced through the study of concepts as well as historical events and their political operationalization.

Level: Postgraduate

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Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Gregory D. Koblentz George Mason University Spring 2021 Since September 11, 2001, the United States has viewed terrorist acquisition and use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons as one of the gravest threats to national security. This course provides an in-depth understanding of the history of CBRN terrorism, the current challenges posed by […]

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Gregory D. Koblentz

George Mason University

Spring 2021

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has viewed terrorist acquisition and use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons as one of the gravest threats to national security. This course provides an in-depth understanding of the history of CBRN terrorism, the current challenges posed by this threat, and the range of national and international policy tools available to address this threat. The goal of the course is to familiarize students with the influence of strategy, technology, organization, psychology, ideology, and economics on the threat of CBRN terrorism and the strategies for managing this danger.

Level: Postgraduate

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Weapons of Mass Destruction

Gregory D. Koblentz George Mason University Spring 2021 This course examines the threats posed by the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, commonly known as weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and how these dangers can be managed. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the history and technology of each of these weapons, the […]

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Gregory D. Koblentz

George Mason University

Spring 2021

This course examines the threats posed by the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, commonly known as weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and how these dangers can be managed. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the history and technology of each of these weapons, the current challenges posed by these weapons, and the range of national and international responses to these threats. The goal of the course is to familiarize students with the influence of strategy, technology, politics, organizations, and norms on the causes and consequences of the proliferation of WMD.

Level: Undergraduate

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International Politics and the Nuclear Age

Jan Ruzicka Aberystwyth University Winter 2019/2020 The module examines key historical developments of the nuclear age. It looks at various factors which have shaped this period (the end of the World War II; the onset, conduct and the end of the Cold War; the post-Cold War period). It shows how nuclear weapons and concerns about […]

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Jan Ruzicka

Aberystwyth University

Winter 2019/2020

The module examines key historical developments of the nuclear age. It looks at various factors which have shaped this period (the end of the World War II; the onset, conduct and the end of the Cold War; the post-Cold War period). It shows how nuclear weapons and concerns about their spread have informed state policies, led to the formation of international agreements and regimes, and shaped the involvement of non-state actors in international politics. The module also highlights the normative dilemmas presented by the onset of the nuclear age. It will focus on state policies, institutional mechanisms, economic and societal constraints, and ideas influencing the humanity’s life with the bomb.

Level: Undergraduate

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Arms Control and Nonproliferation: Contemporary Challenges

Richard Cupitt George Mason University Fall 2019 The United States and many other countries have identified the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as the gravest threat to international peace and national security, but the international efforts to slow, halt, or reverse the spread of these weapons and their means of delivery have been under […]

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Richard Cupitt

George Mason University

Fall 2019

The United States and many other countries have identified the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as the gravest threat to international peace and national security, but the international efforts to slow, halt, or reverse the spread of these weapons and their means of delivery have been under intense strain in recent years. The course explores these nonproliferation regimes and the many challenges they face.

Level: Postgraduate

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Disarmament, Arms Control, and Nonproliferation

Trevor Findlay Carleton University Fall 2014 The course is intended to impart a comprehensive academic understanding of the origins, theory and practice of disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation. Students will explore the intellectual, political, strategic and other underpinnings of these approaches to conflict prevention and mitigation and how they have evolved, particularly since the end […]

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Trevor Findlay

Carleton University

Fall 2014

The course is intended to impart a comprehensive academic understanding of the origins, theory and practice of disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation. Students will explore the intellectual, political, strategic and other underpinnings of these approaches to conflict prevention and mitigation and how they have evolved, particularly since the end of the Cold War. There will be an emphasis on nuclear weapons, but chemical and biological weapons, conventional weapons and space weapons will also be considered.

Level: Postgraduate

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