Introduction to International Relations

Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives

by Joseph Grieco, G. John Ikenberry and Michael Mastanduno

Chapter 7: Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Click here to play this chapter’s simulation, in which you play the role of a world leader facing a complex decision.

Outside resources

Video resources

Primary sources and further learning

  • Read the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) on the United Nation’s website here.
  • Read the full text of the Chemical Weapons Convention here.
  • For the full text of the Biological Weapons Convention, click here.
  • Read this piece about the 2011 Fukushima disaster, the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster.
  • Check out this thorough, day-by-day log of the JFK administration during the Cuban Missile Crisis, including numerous primary sources in different media.

Relevant news articles

  • During the Syrian civil war, the international community worked together to eliminate the Syrian governments chemical weapons stockpile so chemical weapons could not be used on rebel forces. To read more about the destruction of those weapons, click here.
  • To read piece from CSIS about the initial deal struck between Iran and world powers on Iran’s nuclear program, click here.

Games and activities

  • Check out this simulation that checks your knowledge of and teaches you about nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
  • Can you name all the members of the nuclear club? Try it!