Doreen Horschig

Florida, USA

Nuclear disarmament, Nuclear non-proliferation, Policy






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Contributor Since 06 January 2022

Doreen Horschig is an associate fellow with the Project on Nuclear Issues at the Center for the Strategic and International Studies (CSIS PONI). She is also a non-resident research associate at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Previously, Doreen was a nuclear security policy fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Stanton nuclear security fellow at MIT. Her research is twofold and examines nuclear norms contestation and counterproliferation. Doreen holds a PhD in security studies from UCF, a MA in international relations from New York University, and a BA in international studies from Manhattan College.

Mentor Background

What is your area of expertise?

  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Nuclear non-proliferation
  • Policy
  • Are you interested in mentoring high school or college students, or both?

  • College Students
  • How did you become interested in this area?

    As a child, Doreen was always interested in the field of international politics more broadly. This could be because her dad discussed global news with her from an early age. Doreen only developed an interest in Nuclear policy after taking a couple of relevant courses at NYU. This followed with a thesis in which she chose to write about nuclear deterrence. Doreen believes the nuclear status quo is not sustainable and the consequences are unacceptable. This was where the motivation began with the desire to make a change and continuing her route in academia by completing a PHD.

    What was your career path to get here?

    The path is largely academic.

    -  BA International studies Manhattan College 

    - MA in International Relations NYU

    - PHD in security studies from UCF

    - Post Doc; MIT security studies programme (Nuclear security fellow)

    Why should the public care?

    The Russian war presents the dangers of nuclear weapons and has placed the issues surrounding it  back into the public's conciseness. Russia and Ukraine are not the only example, Chinese military actions over Taiwan and the dynamic between India and Pakistan have resulted in the need for more effective nuclear arms control and disarmament. The  status quo should be questioned and challenged.

    What is a current issue or trend that concerns you?

    The standing treaty will expire soon, therefore, if no discussion takes place surrounding this it will mean that there will be no limits on US and Russian Nuclear forces for the first time since 1970s. The conversation of renewing the treaty has not taken place due to the Russia and Ukraine war.

    Would you be willing to speak to a classroom about your work?


    What themes or topics would you be interested in lecturing or discussing with a class?

    Doreen's PHD was in examining nuclear and chemical weapon norms and the connotations of such, looking at public opinion with a focus on psychological factors and individual attitudes towards nuclear weapons.

    Educational Resources

    Syllabus “Strategic Weapons and Arms Control”
    Arms Control, Nuclear Weapons
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    Syllabus “Strategic Weapons and Arms Control”
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    Cuban Missile Crisis Group Exercise
    Arms Control, Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons
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