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Jonathan L. Mercer
POL S 425
Seattle Campus

War and Deterrence

Seminar addresses the strengths and weaknesses of deterrence theory and then applies it to a variety of international security issues. Topics may include deterring the use of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, the use of brute force when deterrence fails, and the role for humanitarian intervention.

Class description

This research seminar explores how political scientists use psychology to address questions of war and peace. Topics will include deterrence theory, projecting and interpreting signals, prospect theory, analogies, and intelligence assessments.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Student presentations and class discussion of the readings.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Grades. Two exams and a paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Jonathan L. Mercer
Date: 01/24/2014