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DPE Tuesday Talk Series: Steven Childs, “Unmanned Drones, Small Nuclear Powers, and Nuclear Deterrence.”

The Division of Politics & Economics invites the CGU community to attend this week’s Tuesday Lunch Talk featuring Steven Childs, Assistant Professor of California State University, San Bernardino. Lunch will be provided.

Steven Childs earned his Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University in 2011, with concentrations in world and comparative politics. During his graduate studies, he was a Summer intern with the Security Assistance Team of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Political Military Affairs, and was a member of Claremont Graduate University’s championship team in the Wikistrat International Grand Strategy Competition. He is currently an Assistant Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, where he teaches in the National Security Studies Program. His research interests include arms proliferation, the security politics of the Middle East and East Asia regions, and unconventional conflict. His work has appeared in publications including Defense & Security Analysis, Comparative Strategy, and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

Steve Childs

Unmanned Drones, Small Nuclear Powers, and Nuclear Deterrence

The survivability of nuclear second-strikes is seen as critical for the stability of deterrence, yet recent scholarship contends that we are entering a “new era of counterforce” thanks to the increased reconnaissance abilities of developed states. One under-explored area is in the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Would the use these assets allow small nuclear powers to appreciably increase their confidence in counter-force targeting? This talk explores the how the acquisition of UAVs by small nuclear powers could alter their decision calculus toward pre-emptive first strikes against their regional adversaries.

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