Controlling the spread of weapons continues to be one of the most critical issues in international politics. This graduate seminar explores a variety of theoretical and policy-related challenges associated with the global issues of arms control and nonproliferation. Our specific topics will include nuclear weapons proliferation and policy, chemical and biological weapons, small arms trafficking, missile control and defense, and “future weapons” based on emerging technologies. Throughout the semester, specific case studies will be used to illuminate the challenges facing various countries, particularly as they are forced to steer between domestic and international politics.

Fall 2016 syllabus.