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Christopher D Jones
JSIS B 424
Seattle Campus

International Law and Arms Control

Surveys the political, legal, and technological history of 20th-century arms control agreements with emphasis on the treaties which ended the Cold War. Examines current issues of law, politics, military strategy, and technology in regard to weapons of mass destruction and related topics in international security.

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Evolution of nuclear security policies in three systems: US alliance system; regional security zones; global treaties on WMD and related international inspection agencies. Also: nuclear weapons policies of Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea; historical evolution of US nuclear weapons in US alliance systems; security concepts of nuclear outliers (Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea); relationship of nuclear weapons technology to the technology of peaceful civilian nuclear power. Students will read texts, then write responses and interpretative essays. Course provides background for more advanced courses in arms control and verification; nuclear energy issues and international non-proliferation safeguards; national security systems for export controls; negotiation simulations for security issues.

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Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/22/2013