1. Introduction to the Course

    1. 0.1 Welcome to the Course
    2. 0.2 Introductory Survey
    3. 0.3 Statement of Accomplishment
    4. 0.4 Readings
  2. Week 1: What are Nuclear Weapons and Why Were They Developed?

    1. 1.1 Introduction
    2. 1.2 Living at the Nuclear Brink
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    3. 1.3 Nuclear Weapons During World War II
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    4. 1.4 The Power of the Bomb
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    5. 1.5 Deterrence
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    6. 1.6 Basic Nuclear Physics
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    7. 1.7 The Manhattan Project
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    8. 1.8 Nuclear Testing
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    9. 1.9 The Soviet Bomb Program
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    10. Week 1 Wrap Up and Resources
    11. A Conversation with William Perry and Joseph Martz
  3. Week 2: Nuclear Proliferation in the United States and the World

    1. 2.1 Introduction
    2. 2.2 Nuclear Weapon History and Development in the United States
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    3. 2.3 Delivery Systems
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    4. 2.4 Nuclear Weapon Accidents and Safety in the United States
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    5. 2.5 Nuclear Weapon Safety outside the United States
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    6. 2.6 Why So Many? What about Tactical Nukes?
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    7. 2.7 Proliferation and Non-Proliferation
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    8. 2.8 Loose Nukes
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    9. 2.9 The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
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    10. 2.10 Dual-use Dilemma and Proliferation
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    11. Week 2 Wrap Up and Resources
    12. A Conversation with Dr. Hecker and Dr. Perry
  4. Week 3: Under a Nuclear Cloud: Early Cold War

    1. 3.1 Introduction
    2. 3.2 Five Challenges of the Cold War
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    3. 3.3 Beginning of the Cold War
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    4. 3.4 The Cold War Settles in; the Soviets Get the H-Bomb
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    5. 3.5 Berlin Crisis, Part 1
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    6. 3.6 Berlin Crisis, Part 2
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    7. Week 3 Wrap Up and Resources
    8. A Conversation with Dr. Perry and Dr. Holloway
  5. Week 4: Fear, Loathing, and Relief: Later Cold War

    1. 4.1 Introduction
    2. 4.2 The End of Détente
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    3. 4.3 Euromissiles; the Nuclear Freeze
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    4. 4.4 1983: Annus Horribilus
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    5. 4.5 Gorbachev and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War
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    6. 4.6 The Cold War Ends, Part 1
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    7. 4.7 The Cold War Ends, Part 2
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    8. Week 4 Wrap Up and Resources
    9. A Conversation with Dr. Holloway
  6. Week 5: Lack of Intelligence

    1. 5.1 Introduction
    2. 5.2 Uncertainty about Soviet Capabilities
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    3. 5.3 Eisenhower’s Approach
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    4. 5.4 New Strategies: the U-2
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    5. 5.5 The Space Race and Corona, Part 1
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    6. 5.6 The Space Race and Corona, Part 2
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    7. Week 5 Wrap Up and Resources
    8. A Conversation with Dr. Perry and Prof. Taubman
  7. Week 6: Dilemmas of Policy

    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 The Fragility of Nuclear Stability: Theory
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    3. 6.3 The Fragility of Nuclear Stability: Examples
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    4. 6.4 Nuclear Stability during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 1
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    5. 6.5 Nuclear Stability during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 2
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    6. 6.6 Reagan’s Rhetoric and SDI
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    7. 6.7 A Russian Perspective: Missile Defense
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    8. Week 6 Wrap Up and Resources
    9. A Conversation with Dr. Sagan and Dr. Perry
  8. Week 7: New Nuclear Dangers: Nuclear Terrorism

    1. 7.1 Introduction
    2. 7.2 Three Kinds of Nuclear Terrorism
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    3. 7.3 Terrorism, Part 1
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    4. 7.4 Terrorism, Part 2
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    5. 7.5 My First Nuclear Nightmare + Video
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    6. Week 7 Wrap Up and Resources
    7. A Conversation with Dr. Crenshaw and Dr. Hecker
  9. Week 8: New Nuclear Dangers: South Asia and Proliferation

    1. 8.1 Introduction
    2. 8.2 The Kargil War
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    3. 8.3 Nuclear Instability in South Asia
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    4. 8.4 Terrorism: India and Pakistan
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    5. 8.5 Nuclear Weapons in India, Pakistan, and North Korea
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    6. 8.6 My Second Nuclear Nightmare
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    7. 8.7 Track 2 Talks with India and Pakistan
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    8. 8.8 A Russian Perspective: Post-Cold War
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    9. Week 8 Wrap Up and Resources
    10. A Conversation with Gen. Feroz Khan
  10. Week 9: What Has Been, And Can Be Done, about Nuclear Dangers

    1. 9.1 Introduction
    2. 9.2 Actions CAN Be Taken to Reduce Nuclear Dangers
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    3. 9.3 Early Efforts at Controlling Nuclear Arms
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    4. 9.4 Soviet-US Arms Control Negotiations
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    5. 9.5 Arms Control after Reykjavik
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    6. 9.6 Reykjavik and Its Consequences
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    7. 9.7 World Nuclear Security
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    8. Week 9 Wrap Up and Resources
    9. A Conversation with William Perry
  11. Week 10: What's Next?

    1. 10.1 Introduction
    2. 10.2 Nuclear Challenges Today
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    3. 10.3 The Way Forward
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    4. 10.4 Summing Up
    5. Week 10 Wrap Up and Resources
    6. Post-Course Survey
    7. A Conversation with Joseph P. Cirincione, Tom Collina, and William Perry
    8. Generate your Statement of Accomplishment