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Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

  • Stimson Center 1211 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

The Stimson Center 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.

First in the lunchtime series, the Stimson Center is hosting Todd Sechser, Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and Matthew Fuhrmann, Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University. They will present 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, will comment 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, will assess 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, will compare his findings with those of Sechser and Fuhrmann. Michael Krepon, Co-founder of the Stimson Center, will moderate the discussion.

Event Details

  • Date: June 8, 2017

  • When: 12:30 - 2:00 PM

  • Where: Stimson Center, 8th Floor