Nick Ritchie
Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear disarmament, Nuclear non-proliferation, Policy






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Contributor Since 15 December 2021

Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of York.Nick Richie mainly researches and teaches on issues surrounding nuclear weapons, disarmament, arms control , and UK, US foreign policy as well as International relations.

Mentor Background

What is your area of expertise?

  • Nuclear Weapons
  • 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?

    Interest began at 19 years old when Nick Ritchie spent six months in India.

    After that, he went to University of Bradford and its famous school of Peace studies where he completed his undergraduate in education . It was at that time in 1998, where India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons, he was unable to comprehend the reasons behind potentially destroying and devastating such a rich, diverse and vibrant country/ countries and societies. Especially, due to his experience of having lived in India himself. This is where his interests began.

    What was your career path to get here?

    NGO experience was part of his career path, he never meant to stay in academia but due to his curiosities he wanted to understand global affairs further, he got funding for his PHD and eventually, worked at a university that enabled him to teach but also continue researching what interests him.

    Why should the public care?

    The public should care because risks of catastrophe are present and its systemic. The threat of nuclear violence and nuclear weapons in the hands of the wrong people could result in severe crisis and therefore, the public should care and try to understand, interpret, and respond to policy makers. Our luck will eventually run out therefore, people should not care out of fear but through the motivation to eliminate nuclear weapons to create a better world.

    What is a current issue or trend that concerns you?

    This would be the overlapping ecological crises.

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

    - Nuclear weapon policy, Disarmament, Arms control, Global politics of nuclear weapons.

    Educational Resources

    Cuban Missile Crisis short simulation
    Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons
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    Co-authored Resources

    Bandung, the Global South and Nuclear Disarmament
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