U.S. Nonproliferation and Nuclear Policy

IWP 607
Four credits

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.

Tentative Schedule for Fall 2018:
An opening reception is being planned for the first week of September. All ten seminars will be held near the Capitol on Fridays from noon-1:30pm.  A light lunch will be provided.
  • Sept. 7     City Busting, the Nuclear Weapons Revolution, and Precision Guidance
  • Sept. 14   Nuclear Deterrence
  • Sept. 21   Nuclear Energy Basics: Fission, Fusion, and Bomb Designs (Part 1)
  • Sept. 28   Nuclear Energy Basics: Fission, Fusion, and Bomb Designs (Part 2)
  • Oct. 5       Nuclear Energy Basics: Reactors and Nuclear Fuel Making
  • Oct. 12     Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Its History and Key Premises (Part 1)
  • Oct. 19     Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Its History and Key Premises (Part 2)
  • Oct. 26     Nuclear Arms Control
  • Nov. 2      Nuclear Energy Economics
  • Nov. 16    Nuclear Terrorism & Nuclear Proliferation Intelligence
  • Nov. 30    Thinking about the Next Arms Race

Semester Available

Fall Semester

Special Note

This course takes place on Capitol Hill in a lecture-style format. Enrollment in the course also requires permission from the professor.

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}