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The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents

The Seventh Annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations:

“Revisiting Nuclear Logics”

A discussion with Dr. Etel Solingen
Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace Studies,
School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Moderated by Richard K. Betts
Director, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies,
Political Science Department, Columbia University

Why do some states seek nuclear weapons? And why do others renounce them? The consequences of those choices remain a perennial challenge to international security. Professor Solingen will reflect on the contributions of the late Kenneth Waltz to this field, examine competing and complementary logics explaining nuclear choices, and evaluate conceptual advances and empirical applications over the last decade. These advances highlight how complex systemic effects, approaches to the global economy, and reputational considerations are replacing what was once “normal science” in nuclear proliferation.


Etel Solingen is the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace Studies at the University of California Irvine and, until recently, Chancellor’s Professor (2009-2013) and President of the International Studies Association (2012-2013). She also served as Chair of the Steering Committee of the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, President of ISA’s International Political Economy Section and APSA’s International History and Politics Section, member of the APSA’s Presidential Taskforce on U.S. Standing in World Affairs, and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Award on Peace and International Cooperation, Social Science Research Council-Mac Arthur Foundation Fellowship on Peace and Security in a Changing World, Japan Foundation/SSRC Abe Fellowship, Center for Global Partnership/Japan Foundation fellowship, APSA Excellence in Mentorship Award, Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Irvine’s Academic Senate, and grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, United States Institute of Peace, Sloan Foundation, Columbia Foundation, and others. She served as Review Essay Editor for the journal International Organization and in the editorial boards of the APSR, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, Global Governance, Stanford University Press Studies in Asian Security, Social Science Research Network, Columbia University Press International Affairs Online, Latin American Research Review, European Review of International Studies, Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, and Nonproliferation Review, among others.

Solingen is the author of Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East (Princeton U.P.), recipient of the APSA’s 2008 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, and international affairs, and the 2008 APSA’s Robert Jervis and Paul Schroeder Award for the Best Book on International History and Politics. She also authored Regional Orders at Century’s Dawn: Global and Domestic Influences on Grand Strategy (Princeton U.P.) and Industrial Policy, Technology, and International Bargaining: Designing Nuclear Industries in Argentina and Brazil (Stanford U.P.), and edited Scientists and the State (U. of Michigan Press) and Sanctions, Statecraft, and Nuclear Proliferation (Cambridge U.P.). Her ISA presidential address, “Of Dominoes and Firewalls: The Domestic, Regional, and Global Politics of International Diffusion,” was published in International Studies Quarterly (December 2012). Other articles on international relations theory, political economy, international security, internationalization, comparative regionalism, institutionalism, democratization, and science and technology appeared in the APSR, International Security, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Journal of Democracy, and Review of International Studies, among others. Solingen has also participated in conflict resolution diplomatic tracks across the Middle East, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Latin America.