Global Dialogue | “U.S. Strategic Weapons and the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review” | Susan Haynes | Apr 19

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The Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University’s Center for International Business Present


“U.S. Strategic Weapons and the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review”

Dr. Susan Haynes

Author, “Chinese Nuclear Proliferation: How Global Politics is Transforming China’s Weapons Buildup and Modernization”; Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lipscomb University; Member of the Board and Executive Committee, Tennessee World Affairs Council

April 19th, 2018

12:15-1:15 pm

Belmont University, Massey College of Business

Room MC 103 | Massey Business Center


U.S. nuclear forces, operated by the Air Force and Navy, have entered a years-long period that will see the modernization of warheads, bombs, and delivery systems. Many of these land-, air-, and sea-based systems, which constitute the so-called nuclear triad, entered service during the Cold War and will reach the end of their life cycles in the coming decades.
The ballistic missiles, submarines, bombers, fighters, and air-launched cruise missiles in operation today will be gradually phased out for newer systems. The United States will also develop new nuclear warheads and upgrade facilities that produce and maintain nuclear weapons. However, while some modernization efforts are already underway, debate persists in Washington over their direction and extent, especially given the massive investments they will require. The Congressional Budget Office estimates [PDF] that maintaining and modernizing U.S. nuclear forces will cost $400 billion between 2017 and 2026.
–Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization
Join us on April 19th as Dr. Susan Haynes explores this critical issue in US national security — the Nuclear Posture Review — at our monthly Global Dialogue lunch-time session at Belmont University.

“Chinese Nuclear Proliferation” by Dr. Susan Haynes

While the world’s attention is focused on the nuclearization of North Korea and Iran and the nuclear brinkmanship between India and Pakistan, China is believed to have doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal, making it “the forgotten nuclear power,” as described in Foreign Affairs. Susan Turner Haynes analyzes China’s buildup and its diversification of increasingly mobile, precise, and sophisticated nuclear weapons. Haynes provides context and clarity on this complex global issue through an analysis of extensive primary source research and lends insight into questions about why China is the only nuclear weapon state recognized under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that continues to pursue qualitative and quantitative advancements to its nuclear force.

As the gap between China’s nuclear force and the forces of the nuclear superpowers narrows against the expressed interest of many nuclear and nonnuclear states, Chinese Nuclear Proliferation offers policy prescriptions to curtail China’s nuclear growth and to assuage fears that the “American world order” presents a direct threat to China’s national security. Presenting technical concepts with minimal jargon in a straightforward style, this book will be of use to casual China watchers and military experts alike.


Dr. Susan Haynes
Susan Haynes joined the Tennessee World Affairs Council Board of Directors in 2013. She is currently a member of the Board’s Executive Committee and serves as the Board Secretary.
Susan Turner Haynes joined the faculty of Lipscomb University in 2015. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Political Science from George Mason University, and is author of Behind the Buildup: Motivations Behind China’s Nuclear Modernization, with Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press (July 1, 2016). Professor Haynes’s prior publications include an article in Asian Perspectives (2008), an article in Comparative Strategy (2009) and a chapter in the most recent Ashgate Research Companion on Chinese Foreign Policy (2012).  She specializes in Chinese-American relations and issues around the topic of nuclear proliferation.

Convenient Parking Available

Park at Belmont’s Inman Center/North Garage (Directions at this Link). From Inman Garage take the Inman Building elevator to the second floor. Turn left to cross the pedestrian bridge to the Massey Business Center. Room MC 103. 

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