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DPE Tuesday Talk Series: Kyungkook Kang, “Conditional Deterrence”

The Division of Politics & Economics invites the CGU community to attend this week’s Tuesday Lunch Talk featuring Kyungkook Kang, PhD of University of Central Florida. The title of his talk is “Conditional Deterrence.”

Talk Description:

This study will develop a U.S. defense strategy based on tailored guides to detect and deter the security threats to U.S. vital interests while preserving tractability to assess their unclear trajectories and potential turmoil. In this research project as a theoretical response, I will raise questions over both the plausibility of disarmament and the validity of classical deterrence at once. This research will first search for new guidance on what kinds of threats can and cannot be deterred under which conditions. Then the study will seek to move the framework of deterrence strategy beyond its Cold War roots and construct a more valid policy guidance that would best promote stability and peace in the contemporary world.

This study has four major objectives:

  • To point out how rapidly evolving security challenges make traditional approaches to deterrence unlikely to succeed in an era of WMD proliferation.
  • To provide a new deterrence concept that can be employed against a wide array of state and non-state actors that challenge U.S. interests.
  • To anticipate the possibility of crisis before it happens and then analyze the likelihood of escalation into a large-scale war using WMD if a crisis takes place.
  • To build a predictive model to provide specific insights for foreign policy makers and to offer policy alternatives that are more likely to succeed, given the current state of security environment.

Lunch will be provided.

Kyungkook Kang is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Central Florida. Areas of specialization include international relations, positive political economy, econometrics, and formal & computational modeling. Before teaching at UCF, he also taught various graduate courses of research methods and security studies at Claremont Graduate University and the University of Southern California. His academic works appeared in International Studies Quarterly (with Kugler et al.), International Interactions (with Abdollahian),and several book chapters. He earned his BA (2001) in Political Science from Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea), MA (2008) in Economics and PhD (2011) in Political Science & Economics from Claremont Graduate University.

Kyungkook Kang

More information about the DPE Tuesday Talk Series can be found here.