Online Course: Deterrence in Southern Asia 

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Deterrence in Southern Asia is an online course produced by the Stimson Center South Asia Program’s Strategic Learning initiative. Deterrence in Southern Asia goes beyond the India-Pakistan dyad to study deterrence relationships in the context of a larger strategic chain that includes China and the United States. It covers deterrence theory, deterrence relationships among nuclear-armed states, and case studies from the Cold War and Southern Asia through video interviews with more than 60 leading scholars and practitioners from India, Pakistan, China, the United States, and beyond. Deterrence in Southern Asia’s chapter learning objectives are also available for download.

Upon completion of Deterrence in Southern Asia: Complete Edition, students will earn a certificate from the Stimson Center. Only students enrolled in the Complete Edition are eligible to earn a certificate.

We also offer a special Flex Edition of Deterrence in Southern Asia for instructors, professors, and students seeking flexible, customizable content for online learning. It is identical in content to Deterrence in Southern Asia: Complete Edition, but does not require sequential progress through course content, and does not offer a certificate of completion.

SYLLABUS

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION TO DETERRENCE IN SOUTHERN ASIA

  • Lesson 1.1: Course Introduction
  • Lesson 1.2: Course Resources
  • Chapter 1 Recommended Readings

CHAPTER TWO: THEORIES OF COERCION

  • Lesson 2.1: All About Coercion
  • Lesson 2.2: All About Deterrence
  • Lesson 2.3: All About Compellence
  • Lesson 2.4: Analytical Challenges
  • Chapter 2 Recommended Readings

CHAPTER THREE: THE IMPACT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

  • Lesson 3.1: The Dawn of the Nuclear Age
  • Lesson 3.2: The Theory of the Nuclear Revolution
  • Lesson 3.3: Debates About the Theory of the Nuclear Revolution
  • Lesson 3.4: Nuclear Deterrence and Compellence
  • Chapter 3 Recommended Readings

CHAPTER FOUR: DETERRENCE STRATEGIES AND NUCLEAR DANGERS

  • Lesson 4.1: Credible Threats
  • Lesson 4.2: The Role of Nuclear Doctrine and Posture
  • Lesson 4.3: Nuclear Deterrence and Crisis Stability/Instability
  • Chapter 4 Recommended Readings

CHAPTER FIVE: COMPLICATING AND ENHANCING DETERRENCE

  • Lesson 5.1: The Role of Norms and Taboos
  • Lesson 5.2: Deterrence, Arms Control, and Disarmament
  • Lesson 5.3: The Role of Public Opinion, the Media, and Nationalism
  • Chapter 5 Recommended Readings

CHAPTER SIX: DETERRENCE IN THE COLD WAR

  • Lesson 6.1: Key Features of Deterrence in the Cold War
  • Lesson 6.2: Cold War Nuclear Powers
  • Cold War Case Studies (Mandatory)
  • Chapter 6 Recommended Readings

CHAPTER SEVEN: DETERRENCE IN SOUTHERN ASIA

  • Lesson 7.1: Key Features of Deterrence in Southern Asia
  • Lesson 7.2: Southern Asia Nuclear Powers
  • Southern Asia Case Studies (Mandatory)
  • Chapter 7 Recommended Readings

CHAPTER EIGHT: CONCLUSION

  • Lesson 8.1: Course Takeaways

OPTIONAL CONTENT

  • Cold War Case Studies (Optional)
  • Southern Asia Case Studies (Optional)
  • Optional Essay Resource

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Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course students will understand deterrence theory, deterrence relationships among nuclear-armed states, and case studies from the Cold War and Southern Asia

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