Fall 2011 - 61238 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Nuclear History, Strategy and Statecraft
|Instructor(s):|| Gavin, Francis J.
|Day & Time:||M 2:00 - 5:00 pm|
|Waitlist Information:||For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information|
Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.
What role do nuclear weapons play in contemporary world politics, and what policies should the U.S. adopt to meet the dangers posed by these weapons? On April 5th, 2009, President Barak Obama laid out a bold vision that appeared to be a sharp break with America’s past nuclear policies. “So today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” This was not mere rhetoric; the administration has moved vigorously with a number of policies, including a START agreement with Russia, a revised nuclear posture de-emphasizing nuclear weapons, and a range of nonproliferation initiatives oriented towards some day achieving what has been called “global zero.” This shift is all the more remarkable given than only a few years ago, complete nuclear disarmament was not part of the mainstream dialogue and was instead a fringe position.