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Department
Political Science
Course
POL SCI 125A
Professor
Barry O' Neill
Semester
Fall

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PS125A  POST  MIDTERM  READINGS  GUIDE       Bunn  and  Rhinelander  on  the  History  and  Current  Status  of  the  NPT     This  article  starts  as  descriptive  then  turns  to  advocacy.    I  think  the  useful  parts  of  it  are  its  general  description  of   what  the  NPT  does,  who  is  in  it,  and  the  tensions  around  Article  VI?    What  is  Article  VI ,  and  who  do  they  say  is   violating  it?     Some  relevant  questions  regarding  the  history  are:   What  was  the  Baruch  plan ?    How  did  Kennedy’s  founding  of   the  Arms  Control  and  Disarmament  Agency  help  the  NPT  nego tiations?    Why  did  the  US  have  to  convince   Germany  to  support  the  NPT ?    (The  answer  is  close  to  the  issue  I  raised  in  the  slides/lectures  about  the  MLF.)     Why  do  they  cite  the  Shultz  et  al  article  on  nuclear  abolition  and  claim  the  new  president  should  pay  attention   to  it  if  he  wants  to  promote  the  NPT?       Sagan,  Preventing  the  Unthinkable,  Iran     This  is  a  great  article  for  summarizing  the  current  situation   –  it  brings  in  the  important  points  without  other   distractions.         Sagan  accuses  US  officials  (then  th e  Bush  Administration)  of  being  proliferation  fatalists  and  deterrence   optimists.  What  does  he  mean  by  that ?    What  are  the  policy  consequences  of  that  position ,  according  to  him?     What  is  he?    Do  you  think  that  has  changed  with  the  Obama  administration?    ( This  last  is  just  asking  for  an   opinion.)     He  says  a  nuclear  Iran  would  look  less  like  the  Soviet  Union  or  China  and  more  like  Pakistan ?  How  so?    What  does   this  claim  have  to  do  with  deterrence  optimism ?     What  is  some  of  his  historical  evidence  against  pro liferation  fatalism?     What  is  his  basic  prescription  for  Iran  (second  page)?    Is  it  demand  or  supply  oriented?     He  then  presents  a  history  of  the  Cold  War  to  argue  against  deterrence  optimism .    It’s  excellent  as  a  short   summary  that  gets  to  important  basic s  of  what  happened,  and  he  has  a  great  summary  of  the  NPT.    “ Both  the   Soviet  and  Chinese  governments  originally  hoped  that  having  the  bomb  would  allow  them  to  engage  in  more   aggressive  policies  with  impunity .”    Give  an  example  he  offers  of  this  behaviour  f or  each  state,  and  say  how  it’s   relevant  to  his  argument.     What  does  he  mean  by  the  the  NPT’s  successes  being  “nuclear  dogs  that  did  not  bark”?    He  summarizes  how  the   NPT  responded  to  each  of  the  three  motives  for  acquiring  nuclear  weapons  (he’s  taking  this  from  his  other   article.)    Summarize  that.    What  are  some  of  his   striking  examples  of  the  NPT’s  success?     Summarize  why  proliferation  to  Pakistan  was  especially  dangerous ,  in  his  view.    (Some  of  his  details  are   especially  interesting  here   -­‐-­‐  how  Pakistani  scientists  talked  with  the  Taliban  about  storing  nuclear  weapons  in   Afghanistan  during  a  crisis,  and  the  president  was  unclear  about  what  his  own  military  establishment  had  been   doing  with  the  weapons.)     Why  is  hoping  for  “regime  change”  in  Iran  unrealist ic,  in  his  view?  Why,  in  his  view,  ORE?    Why  in  his  view  will  it   be  harder  to  induce  Iran  to  give  up  the
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