Nuclear Weapons Proliferation: History, Technology, and Policy

IWP 607
Four credits

This course examines the problem of preventing the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, delivery systems, and associated technologies. The course addresses these issues historically, technically, and analytically. The first part of the course focuses on nations and technologies of concern, why they are, and what specific security threats proliferation poses. The second part examines how we have attempted to prevent proliferation and what successes and difficulties we have had in these efforts. The final part examines what other approaches might be taken to mitigate proliferation economically, politically, and militarily.

The student will be examined on the reading materials and will be expected to complete a research task, the key findings of which the student will be asked to present at the end of the course. 

Semester Available


Spring Semester

Special Note


Offered as Directed Study only

Principal Professor


   Henry D. Sokolski
Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center; Former Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy {read more}