Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Political Science

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Stephen R Schwalbe


The goal of this research was to investigate whether the United States could successfully disarm its nuclear weapons program. This research examined four prerequisites that the United States (US) would have to fulfill in order to disarm successfully: maintain deterrence, reassure allies and the international community, provide funding for alternative defense sources, and provide support for international nuclear treaties and organizations. The findings indicate that the United States will need to rely on its conventional forces as the alternative to its nuclear program deterrence. It can also reassure its allies and major nuclear states by pursuing high-level dialog on US disarmament. The US must also assist the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with safeguarding nuclear materials and by adopting the additional protocol. Finally, the US should reallocate nuclear program funds to assist in the modernization of its conventional forces. This paper recommends modernizing conventional forces, refitting nuclear weapons with conventional warheads to utilize delivery systems, and allowing the IAEA to inspect US nuclear facilities.



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