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Dr. Prins and Dr. Buehler Receive Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to Offer Courses on Nuclear Security, Safeguards, and Non-proliferation


During the 2017-2018 academic year, Drs. Brandon Prins and Matt Buehler will offer two sequenced nuclear safeguards courses at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Working in tandem over two adjacent semesters, the courses will provide advanced education in nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation topics to help train a future generation of safeguards professionals.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration will finance these courses through a federal nuclear security grant program.


Prins and Buehler’s courses provide students both with broad exposure to theoretical and conceptual issues of nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation, as well as grounded case studies of how these issues have played out in historical and contemporary international politics.

The courses offer students training about the international organizations, nonproliferation treaties, and safeguard regimes responsible for ensuring the safe and peaceful use of nuclear technology worldwide. They also educate students about the nuclear agencies and policymakers within specific countries responsible for implementing requirements of nonproliferation treaties and interacting with nuclear safeguards inspectors.

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