NS4280 Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons: Proliferation and Non-Proliferation

This advanced research seminar examines the origins of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons proliferation, and its impact on U.S. and international security. The course investigates the causes and consequences of proliferation; studies central debates and key case-studies on the subject; and evaluates policy responses designed to impede, discourage, and cope with the spread of NBC weapons. This course is unclassified. The seminar presumes familiarity with U.S. national security approaches to proliferation, and prefers, though not require-prior participation in NS3280. The seminar refers to and draws upon topics that are covered in NS3280: nuclear strategy, deterrence theory, and strategic arms control.



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  • As Required