Jonathan L. Mercer
POL S 425
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.
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.
Class assignments and grading
Grades. Two exams and a paper