Nuclear Disarmament: Creating a Nuclear Weapons Free Middle East

CGS Brown Bag Lecture
Oct 17, 2012
01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
402 Burrowes

Christine Sylvester, School of International Affairs, Penn State

On August 6th and 9th 1945, two nuclear bombs were detonated over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing more than 100,000 people and forever changing modern warfare and the international community. The past sixty-plus years have seen the creation and use of nuclear weapons, a rapid arms race between the US and Soviet Union during the Cold War, the use of doctrines such as mutual assured destruction and deterrence, and the horizontal proliferation of weapons to now eight nations with a ninth believed to be not far off. Many efforts have been made over the past sixty years to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons. However, recent years have seen a shift in favor of using regional approaches to control proliferation. Described as nuclear weapons free zones, this tool is the next generation for controlling the spread of nuclear weapons.

Christine Sylvester’s research assesses existing treaties governing nuclear weapons free zones, including how they were developed and what each governs and protects, and then applies lessons learned from these treaties to discuss what elements would be needed in the creation of a Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone.

Christine Sylvester is a master’s candidate in the School of International Affairs focusing on international security. Her research interests include nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. Prior to beginning graduate school at Penn State, Christine served as a Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer in the Eastern European Republic of Moldova and as a security and economic policy researcher for the European Parliament and British House of Commons.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary graduate research.

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