Arms Control and Proliferation

Course Code :2200FSWACP
Study domain:International relations and di
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Tom Sauer

3. Course contents *

Different theme's will be touched upon, one or two per class, like:
- chemical weapons
- biological weapons
- Arms Trade Treaty
- what are the specific characteristics of weapons of mass destruction ? is their use ethically different from conventional weapons ?
- what are the conditions for nuclear deterrence to work (in theory) ? does nuclear deterrence work in practice ?
- is proliferation a threat to international peace and security, and if so why ?
- which non-proliferation and counterproliferation measures do exist ? How effective is the current nuclear non-proliferation regime, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ? what is the role of the IAEA ?
- How real is the threat of nuclear terrorism ?
- what about nuclear weapons accidents ?
- case-studies: proliferation in the Middle East (Israel, Iran,...); India-Pakistan; N Korea (each year different)
- is missile defense helpful for nuclear disarmament ? How realistic is missile defense cooperation between the West and Russia ?
- is a nuclear weapons free world desirable ? If so, feasible ?
- arms control in Europe (missile defense, tactical nuclear weapons, French and British nuclear weapons)
- proliferation in the Middle East (Iran, Israel, WMDFZ)