Nicola Horsburgh is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Department of International Relations at the University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College, supervised by Professor Foot. From 2003 to 2006, she was a research fellow at King’s College London, working on nuclear proliferation in Northeast Asia. Horsburgh holds a BSc Econ (Hons) in International Politics and Strategic Studies from the University of Aberystwyth, an MSc in International Relations from the LSE, and an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford. She has also studied at the University of Southern California and Beijing University. In 2010–2011, she was a senior visiting scholar at the Arms Control Program at Tsinghua University hosted by Professor Li Bin. In Fall 2011, she will be a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.
Nuclear Proliferation, Northeast Asia, Chinese Studies, Arms Control
Courses offered in the past four years.
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IPOL 8563 - Evolutn ofChineseNuclearPolicy
This course, on the evolution of Chinese nuclear policy, is divided into three parts. The first part outlines early Chinese attitudes to nuclear weapons, proliferation and disarmament, prior to and immediately following China’s nuclear test in 1964. The second part examines enduring concepts in Chinese nuclear policy, such as No First Use, and introduces students to important debates in China since the 1980s on nuclear deterrence. The third part focuses on contemporary issues and challenges that shape Chinese nuclear policy, from ballistic missile defense, to the South Asian nuclear tests in 1999, and the North Korean nuclear crisis. The nature of the US-China nuclear relationship will also be explored. The principal objective of the course is to give students a better understanding of China’s nuclear policy, both past and present. A secondary objective is to introduce to students key literature and sources, both in English and Chinese, on this issue.
Fall 2011 - MIIS