Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

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In tribute to Professor Alexander George’s lifetime pursuit, Stimson is presenting a luncheon series in which book authors based in academia present their findings, with commentary provided by practitioners and analysts based in Washington. Our focus will be books on nuclear-related issues.

The Stimson Center recently hosted our first book luncheon with Todd Sechser, Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and Matthew Fuhrmann, Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University. They presented their new book, Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy. The book presents a data-based, skeptical view of the political utility of nuclear weapons in crisis situations. Toby Dalton, Co-Director of the Nuclear Policy program at the Carnegie Endowment, commented on how this thesis applies to crises in South Asia, and Mira Rapp-Hooper, Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, assessed how the political utility of nuclear weapons might apply to crises involving China and North Korea. Barry Blechman, Co-founder of the Stimson Center and co-author of the 1978 book, Force Without War: U.S. Armed Forces as a Political Instrument, compared his findings with those of Sechser and Fuhrmann. Michael Krepon, Co-founder of the Stimson Center,  moderated the discussion.

WHAT: A discussion with Todd Sechser and Matthew Fuhrmann on Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy.

Barry Blechman, Co-founder and Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center
Toby Dalton, Co-director, Nuclear Policy program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Matthew Fuhrmann, Visiting Associate Professor, Center for International Security Cooperation, Stanford University
Mira Rapp-Hooper, Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Michael Krepon (moderator), Co-founder and Senior Associate, South Asia program, Stimson Center
Todd Sechser, Associate Professor of Politics, University of Virginia


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