Strategic Stability, Arms Control, and Technostrategic Discourse

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This online lecture made with the open-source software xerte, teaches students about the evolution of ideas about deterrence and arms control. It opens with an introduction to a core concept within nuclear deterrence and arms control discourse: strategic stability. It then describes some critiques of this approach, focusing on Carol Cohn’s ethnographic study of the technostrategic discourse used by arms control experts. It includes xerte features to help students test their knowledge including a quiz and matching game. 

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  • Have a basic familiarity with the intellectual history of deterrence and arms control
  • Be able to define core concepts including strategic stability
  • Describe feminist critiques of deterrence and arms control discourse

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