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Nuclear Politics

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Course Number




J. Ko

Course Long Title

Nuclear Politics


This course explores the history and politics of the use and non-use of nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation in international relations. Why do states develop nuclear weapons? Did the creation of nuclear weapons bring a fundamental shift in the nature of warfare and international relations? If so, how? What is the strategic and political utility of nuclear weapons? Do nuclear weapons increase the likelihood of victory in international crises? Recommended background: PLTC 171.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Institutional Politics), (PLTC: Security,Conflict,Coop)

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years

Offering Frequency

Normally offered every year