The International Security and Nonproliferation Initiative re-examines our traditional understanding of interstate deterrence.  Incorporating new theoretical approaches and the advent of new technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, hypersonic missiles, etc.), the project seeks to develop a model of deterrence that is relevant for the 21st century.  The initiative also examines the proliferation of both conventional and unconventional weapons and seeks to identify the most effective policies to prevent the spread of such weapons.

Recent Publications

Berejikian, Jeffrey, Justin Conrad, and Ryan Powers. 2023. “ “Poll: Strategic Trade Professionals on the Future of Nonproliferation.” Center for International Trade and Security. July 18.

Kiyani, Ghashia, Ryan Yu-Lin Liou, Amanda Murdie, and Dursun Peksen. 2023. “Economic Sanctions and Civil–Military Relations in Target Countries.” Armed Forces & Society.

Berejikian, Jeffrey and Florian Justwan. 2022. “Defense Treaties Increase Domestic Support for Military Action and Casualty Tolerance: Evidence from Survey Experiments in the United States.” Contemporary Security Policy.

Powers, Ryan and Jonathan Renshon. 2022. “International Status Concerns and Domestic Support for Political Leaders.” American Journal of Political Science.

Han, Rongbin. “Debating China Beyond the Great Firewall: Digital Disenchantment and Authoritarian Resilience.” Journal of Chinese Political Science, 2022.

Berejikian, Jeffrey and Zachary Zwald. 2020. “Why Language Matters: Shaping Public Risk Tolerance During Deterrence Crises.” Contemporary Security Policy 41 (4): 507-540.

Conrad, Justin. 2020. “US Public Opinion Is Changing the Relationship With China.” The Diplomat. 16 September.

Yu-Lin Liou, Ryan, Amanda Murdie and Dursun Peksen. 2020. “Revisiting the Causal Links Between Economic Sanctions and Human Rights Violations.” Political Research Quarterly.  Available online at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1065912920941596

Suri, Nitish. 2020. “Emerging Technologies and the Challenges of Controlling Intangible Technology Exports.” Strategic Trade Review 6(9): 137-159.

Berejikian, Jeffrey and Florian Justwan. 2019. “Testing a Cognitive Theory of Deterrence.” In Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons. Harrington, Anne I. and Jeffrey W. Knopf, eds. University of Georgia Press.