International Security and Nuclear Proliferation


Modul MAPOL_WP6b: Perspektiven und Positionen der Politikwissenschaft

Konstituierende Sitzung: Monday, October 17, from 8-9:50 pm. SR 02.034

2. Sitzung: Monday, November 7,from 8-9:50 pm. SR 02.034

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13.Dez. 2011  09-17Uhr

14.Dez. 2011 08-12Uhr


Seminarleitung: Jeffrey Lantis, PhD (College of Wooster)

Seminarsprache: English



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This seminar examines critical dimensions of nuclear proliferation and international security.  It will provide students with an overview of the technology and politics associated with nuclear weapons.  The seminar will explore both demand-side and supply-side dimensions of nuclear proliferation.  Drawing on classic and contemporary perspectives, the seminar first addresses theories of why states seek nuclear weapons, concerns about the spread of nuclear technology, proliferation rings, and WMD terrorism.  Efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons through nonproliferation and counter-proliferation are also critically analyzed.  On the supply-side of the issue, the seminar reviews cutting-edge research on how civilian nuclear cooperation and the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) may actually contribute to proliferation.  Finally, we explore critical case studies, including global response to the A.Q. Khan Network, the Japanese nuclear crisis and public attitudes toward nuclear power, and responses to the actions of breakout states Iran and North Korea.  Seminar objectives include enhanced understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle and critical evaluation of the impact of nuclear weapons policies on prospects for nuclear proliferation.




Preliminary Reading List

Richard L. Garwin and Georges Charpak, Megawatts to Megatons: A Turning Point in the Nuclear Age?, 2001

Joseph Cirincione, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons, 2007

Jacques E.C. Hymans, The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation: Identity, Emotions, and Foreign Policy, 2006

Matthew Fuhrmann, “Spreading Temptation: Proliferation and Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation Agreements,” International Security, Summer 2009

Matthew Kroenig, Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, 2010

Michael E. Brown, Going Nuclear: Nuclear Proliferation and International Security in the 21st Century, 2010

Graham Allison, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, 2005

Tom Zoellner, Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World, 2009

George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn, “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons,” The Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2007

Remarks by President Barack Obama, Prague, Czech Republic, April 5, 2009

Scott D. Sagan and Kenneth N. Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate Renewed, 2003

Thomas C. Reed and Danny B. Stillman, The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation, 2009

Verantwortlich: Stefan Schilling
Letzte Änderung: 18.10.2011
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