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Politics of Arms Control
GOVT 332
Spring 2008
Section: 01  

This course will investigate the roles of military power and armaments in international relations and explore states┐ attempts to limit them in order to decrease the probability of conflict and improve international security. We will examine the concepts of arms racing and arms control and evaluate various theoretical approaches for understanding these phenomena. Specifically, we will also attempt to answer a number of important questions. What, if any, is the relationship between arms races and war? How do states approach innovation and technological change? How do they manage the crucial tradeoff between providing for one┐s own security versus potentially improving the likelihood of war by driving a rival to take similar actions? Can cooperative arms control initiatives significantly reduce the likelihood of conflict? Moreover, we will also attempt to discern practical lessons from past arms races and arms control initiatives to address current policy challenges such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, regional arms races and the activities of rogue regimes.

Essential Capabilities: Logical Reasoning, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: GOVT155
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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