Early International Nuclear Controls | Nuclear Policy 101

Early International Nuclear Controls

This lecture covers the following nuclear control initiatives:

  • The Acheson-Lilienthal Report and the Baruch Plan
  • Atoms for Peace

Questions to be answered in this lecture:

  • Why bother with previous nuclear control initiatives?
  • What did the authors of the earliest initiatives — the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, Baruch Plan, and Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace Program — see as the nuclear threat to be controlled?
  • How did their nuclear threat perceptions shape their views of which nuclear activities and materials were safe or dangerous and how they should be controlled?
  • How sound were their nuclear threat perceptions and how best to mitigate them?

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Lecture:  Presentation slides and video.
Readings:  Required and recommended readings.
Exam:
  Questions on lecture and reading materials.