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University of Colorado at Boulder

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Program Name

Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy


Nuclear arms have revolutionized the ways by which human beings are able to harm one another. Omnipresent in the status quo is a nuclear tension, and whether subtly or more overtly, this tension underlies a great many international relationships. While Westphalian paranoia and neorealist power perceptions encourage populations to continue placing their faith in nuclear umbrellas and deterrence strategies, scholars and activists increasingly claim that without the realization of universal disarmament, humanity concedes to the inevitability of future nuclear detonation.

New disarmament initiatives concentrate heavily on the implications of nuclear weaponry in a sense that supersedes the security of only particular sovereign populations. Not only are we witnessing a pivot toward a more holistic devotion to the global good, but we are also seeing increased normative attacks on nuclear legitimacy, as well as a transition toward international collective security architecture.

The following research utilizes a qualitative, interview-based model and will discuss disarmament initiatives with a particular concentration on the influence of globalization on the feasibility of universal disarmament.


International and Area Studies | International Relations | Military and Veterans Studies | National Security Law | Political Theory | Politics and Social Change