The aim of this course is to familiarize the student with the key technical, historical, legal, and practical political factors needed to understand and assess the merits of past, present, and proposed nuclear control policies. The course is not intended to cover every topic related to nuclear energy policy but should give the student the insights and tools needed to investigate them on their own. The aim is to inspire and interest the student to undertake such study both during and after the course.
• Sept. 20 Nuclear Deterrence
• Sept. 27 Nuclear Energy Basics: Fission, Fusion, and Bomb Designs (Part 1)
• Oct. 4 Nuclear Energy Basics: Fission, Fusion, and Bomb Designs (Part 2)
• Oct. 11 Nuclear Energy Basics: Reactors and Nuclear Fuel Making*
• Oct. 18 Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Its History and Key Premises (Part 1)
• Nov. 22 Thinking about the Next Arms Race
This course takes place on Capitol Hill in a lecture-style format. Enrollment in the course also requires permission from the professor.