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

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.

Berkemeier, Molly and Matthew Fuhrmann. 2018. “Reassessing the Fulfillment of Alliance Commitments in War.” Research and Politics 5(2).

Campbell, Blake and Amanda Murdie. 2018. “Keep the Informants Talking: The Pursuit & Use of CBRN Weapons by Terrorist Organizations.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism: 1-20.

Conrad, Justin. 2017. “How Democratic Alliances Solve the Power Parity Problem.” British Journal of Political Science 47(4): 893-913.