Nuclear Deterrence and Arms Control

IWP 684
2 credits


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.


Semester Available

Summer Semester

Principal Professor

   Rebeccah Heinrichs
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Former Vice Chairman of the John Hay Initiative's Counterproliferation Working Group; Former Adviser to Rep. Trent Franks {read more}