Political Science | The Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Future of U.S. National Security
Y669 | 29572 | Ganguly


This seminar will require students to engage in detailed policy
analysis of the potential impact of the proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction (WMD) on future U.S. foreign and national security
policies. The seminar will explore the strategic, political, and
international legal aspects of nuclear, chemical, and biological
weapons proliferation in the coming decade. International regimes
considered will include the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the Fissile Material Control Treaty,
the Chemical Weapons Convention, and Biological Weapons Conventions,
and the Proliferation Security Initiative.

Students in this seminar will work individually and in teams to
prepare analytical policy briefs on the possible consequences for
U.S. national security and foreign policy of WMD proliferation.
Students will present their policy briefs in Washington, D.C. at the
end of the semester to members of the National Intelligence Council
and, potentially, members of other government agencies, including
the National Security Council, Department of State, and Department
of Defense, The National Intelligence Council (NIC) will pay for the
students to travel and stay in Washington, D.C. to present their
policy briefs.

The seminar will be limited to 12 students, and enrollment in the
seminar is open only to graduate students at Indiana University--
Bloomington (e.g., Masterís, Ph.D., M.P.A., and J.D. students), and,
if necessary, enrollment will be based on a competitive selection
process. As soon as possible, but not later than August 26, 2008,
graduate students interested in this seminar should send Professors
Fidler (dfidler@indiana.edu) and Ganguly (sganguly@indiana.edu) the
following documents: (1) a one-page, single-spaced statement of
interest in the topic of the seminar, which should include, if
possible, information on prior studies or research on weapons of
mass destruction; (2) an Indiana University transcript (an official
transcript is not required, and a computer print-out of the
transcript will suffice); and (3) a list of two IU faculty members
who could serve as references.