Please join us Wednesday, October 16th in Van Metre Hall room 322 in Arlington from noon to 1 PM for the first presentation of our Brown Bag series. Dr. Gregory Koblentz will present “State-Sponsored Nuclear Proliferation: Why States Share Nuclear Weapons Technology with Other States.”
State-sponsored nuclear proliferation, defined as a government’s intentional assistance to another state’s nuclear weapon program, including the transfer of weapons-grade fissile material, the technology to produce weapons-grade fissile material, or warhead design information, has had a crucial influence on the spread of nuclear weapons. The motivations behind this type of proliferation are an unsolved puzzle. Why do states share nuclear weapons technology—the most powerful military technology ever invented—with other states? The anarchic nature of international relations and the destructive power of nuclear weapons suggest that this type of cooperation should be very rare. And yet states have engaged in nuclear weapon cooperation since the dawn of the atomic age. The first instance of such nuclear sharing was Anglo-American cooperation on the Manhattan Project during World War II. North Korea’s assistance to Syria’s nuclear reactor project, which was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in 2007, is the most recent example of this phenomenon. My research seeks to advance our understanding of this phenomenon by drawing on a wider array of theories to explain why states share nuclear weapon technologies and providing more detailed case studies to better explain specific cases and highlight the relative influence of different causal mechanisms.
Please note that this event will also be available via video conference in Fairfax, Johnson Center room 311D. For those who cannot be at either campus, it will be streamed live online at: https://gmu.webex.com/gmu/j.php?MTID=m22489daf9620a12115152e2f476a3359. If participants use this service, they can join using the meeting number (access code) – 645 985 267. You can also join the event via phone using the following number: 1-202-860-2110 USA Toll. During the presentation, if anyone encounters an issue with the WebEx live streaming please contact us at 703-993-5580.
For additional information, please contact Caroline Wesson (firstname.lastname@example.org)