NTI Seminar: The Hegemon’s Tool Kit

U.S. Leadership and the Politics of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Rebecca Davis Gibbons, an assistant professor at the University of Southern Maine and a renowned expert on nonproliferation, to discuss her new book, The Hegemon’s Tool Kit: U.S. Leadership and the Politics of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime.

Why do most states in the international system adhere to the nuclear nonproliferation regime? The answer lies, Gibbons asserts, in decades of painstaking efforts undertaken by the U.S. government. As the most powerful country during the nuclear age, the United States had many tools with which to persuade other states to join or otherwise support nonproliferation agreements.

At a moment when the nuclear nonproliferation regime is under duress—and as countries gather in Vienna for the IAEA’s General Conference—Gibbons provides a trenchant analysis of the international system that has, for more than 50 years, controlled the spread of these catastrophic weapons. The Hegemon’s Tool Kit details how that regime works and how, disastrously, it might falter.

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