Russia and Nuclear Arms Control

6 June - 31 December 2022 г.
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  • English

    course language

  • 6 weeks

    course duration

  • от 2 до 3 часов в неделю

    needed to educate

  • 1 credit points

    for credit at your university


As a state with one of the largest arsenals of nuclear weapons Russia is a key participant of nuclear non-proliferation regime and defines nuclear arms control as a priority of its foreign policy. This course will discover the logic and the frames of Russian nuclear arms control policies. You will learn the historical background and the modern context of bilateral US-Russian relations in nuclear arms control and understand how these relations influence the global nuclear non-proliferation regime. You will get the basic tools for analyzing Russian defence and security policy in regards to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.


Online course

Course program

Module 1. Introduction. Nuclear Weapon: What's in a Name?

Module 2. Nuclear Arms Control

Module 3. The Legacy of the Cold War

Module 4. Strategic Nuclear Arms Control: From Limitations to Reductions

Module 5. Russia - U.S. Nuclear Arms Control Regime

Module 6. Challenges to the Regime

Education results

Upon the completion this course the students will…

...be able to 
-    analyze the actions of a state from the point of view of the present treaties on nuclear arms control; 
-    come up with their own opinion on the problem commented by the arms control experts; 
-    make arguments supporting their position in discussions of nuclear arms control.

...get to know 
-    the technical, political and strategic aspects of agreements on nuclear arms control; 
-    the content of arms control treaties in which Russia participates; 
-    the trustworthy informational resources dedicated to the problem of nuclear arms control.

 ...be familiar with
-    the special terminology in the area of arms control;
-    the modern state and the perspectives of international policy regarding nuclear arms control;
-    the basics of Russia’s nuclear arms control policy.

Formed competencies

The course is aimed at the formation of general learning competencies for Bachelor’s and Specialists’ programs, as well as other competencies included in the education program.

Education directions

Malygina Anastasia

Position: Assistant Professor at the Department of Theory and History of International Relations

Pavlov Andrey

Position: Professor at the Department of Theory and History of International Relations

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