Nuclear Weapons, Energy, Proliferation, and Terrorism
What are nuclear weapons, and what do they do? Why are they different from other weapons? What drives the proliferation of nuclear weapons? Why do countries want nuclear weapons? What are the prospects for eliminating them? What about Iran and North Korea? What are the risks of nuclear terrorism? What is a "dirty" bomb? What is radio-activity? What role does nuclear energy play? Will it help combat global climate change, and how will it affect nuclear proliferation? These and related questions will be discussed by the instructor, the students, and other presenters. Discussions will examine realistic options in the tradeoff between the benefits and risks of nuclear technology.