November 28, 2011

Lecture on Global Nuclear Technology Transfers and its Implications for the Caucasus

CRRC-Armenia, Yerevan State University and American University of Armenia organized a public lecture on “Global Nuclear Technology Transfers and its Implications for the Caucasus” conducted by Dr. Matthew Kroenig (Georgetown University, USA). The lecture was hosted by American University of Armenia on November 18, 2011.

The lecturer presented research from his recent book, Exporting the Bomb, in which he examines the historical transfer of sensitive nuclear materials and technology. In contrast to many analysts that consider nuclear transfers from an economic point of view, Dr. Kroenig argued that state decisions to provide nuclear assistance are the result of a coherent, strategic logic. He examined the most important historical cases, including France's nuclear assistance to Israel in the 1950s and 1960s; the Soviet Union's sensitive transfers to China from 1958 to 1960; China's nuclear aid to Pakistan in the 1980s; and Pakistan's recent technology transfers. After analyzing nuclear transfers in a global perspective, Dr. Kroenig discussed the implications of his research for nuclear smuggling in the Caucasus. The lecture was followed by a question-answer session and discussion.

The lecture was attended by different researchers, scholars and students.

Dr. Matthew Kroenig received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He currently specializes in nuclear deterrence and is a professor at Georgetown University, as well as a special advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense. He is the author of the book Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (Cornell University Press, 2010), coauthor of The Handbook of National Legislatures: A Global Survey (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and coeditor of Causes and Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation (Routledge, 2011).

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