Professional Course

Living at the Nuclear Brink

edX, Online
10 weeks
50 USD
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Self-paced Online
10 weeks
50 USD
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Self-paced Online
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Course description

Living at the Nuclear Brink

The key goals of this course are to warn you of the dangers you face and to give you some insight on what could be done to avoid those dangers. My challenge in this course is to make vivid to you that the dangers of nuclear weapons, far from being historical curiosities, are existential dangers today. You will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about these topics with both world experts and peers from around the globe.

You can take this course any way you wish. We have organized the course segments in a logical order, both chronologically and thematically. However, each segment stands alone and can be viewed independently.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


There are no prerequisites for this course except for curiosity in the subject and a passion for learning.

Training content

  • Introduction; What Are Nuclear Weapons and Why Were They Developed?
  • Nuclear Proliferation in the United States and Around the World
  • Under a Nuclear Cloud: Early Cold War
  • Fear and Loathing and Relief: Later Cold War
  • A Lack of Intelligence
  • Dilemmas of Nuclear Policy
  • New Nuclear Dangers: Nuclear Terrorism
  • New Nuclear Dangers: South Asia and Proliferation
  • What Has Been Done, and Can Be Done, about Nuclear Dangers
  • What Next?

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Stanford University, a partner institute of EdX.

1-4 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$50
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

The course differs from many others in a fundamental way: our goal is not just to provide facts for your education, but to inspire you to take action. You have the power to make a difference, and I believe that this course will give you the knowledge and motivation to do so.

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