This course challenges students to consider the purpose of U.S. nuclear weapons and the role they play in U.S. security policy. Students will be introduced to the works of influential nuclear theorists and challenged to weigh their arguments against counter-arguments. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with competing schools of deterrence theory, able to compare and contrast nuclear strategies and to assess potential risks, costs, and outcomes of those strategies.
This course may be taken as a part of the following programs:
- Master of Arts in Statecraft and National Security Affairs
- Master of Arts in Statecraft and International Affairs
- Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence Studies
- Certificate in National Security Affairs
- Continuing Education Program