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The Nuclear Ages: Weapons and Policy

The Cold War ended more than two decades ago. In the intervening years nuclear weapons have reemerged as a vital element of statecraft and power politics. Now a multipolar world with an increased number of nuclear weapons states is controlled by no single nation. Advances in technology, cyber warfare, and terrorist threats have made the current nuclear age even more complex than the first. Nuclear weapons have now been part of the international world long enough that we can view them through the lens of three historical periods. This course will address the unique characteristics of nuclear weapons, ongoing efforts to prevent their use, and the implications of the new National Security Strategy (NSS), National Defense Strategy (NDS), and the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). We will discuss treaties, weapons proliferation, and deterrence theories in the face a growing number of nations possessing nuclear weapons and of non-state actors. 

Instructor Bio:

Bill Adams is a retired Air Force research and development officer. He has directed nuclear weapons effects research designed to increase the survivability of military systems on a nuclear battlefield. He has also worked in US and international organizations addressing the political and military implications of nuclear warfare.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B101 William Adams Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10 Mo 9:30-11:00 a.m. OLLI Conference Room A

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