IAST Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Tong Zhao

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Monday August 18, 2014
      2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Ivan Allen College 136
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Contact

Dr. Michael Best

mikeb@cc.gatech.edu

Summaries

Summary Sentence: PhD Candidate Tong Zhao will be defending his dissertation in preparations for graduation.

Full Summary:

Title: Trust-Building in the U.S.-Chinese Nuclear Relationship: Impact of Operational-Level Engagement

Tong Zhao

PhD Candidate in International Affairs, Science and Technology

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

tong@gatech.edu

 

Title: Trust-Building in the U.S.-Chinese Nuclear Relationship: Impact of Operational-Level Engagement

 

Committee: 

Dr. Adam Stulberg, Associate Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology (main adviser);

Dr. Lawrence Rubin, Assistant Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology;

Dr. Jarrod Hayes, Assistant Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology;

Dr. Michael Salomone, Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology;

Dr. Nolan Hertel, Professor, Nuclear Engineering Program, School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Abstract of dissertation:

The United States and China have been conducting extensive operational-level engagement on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation issues for more than three decades. Many policy-makers and analysts are wondering whether such engagement has contributed to more trust in the two countries’ nuclear relationship. The core question that this research seeks to address is: does operational-level engagement between the United States and China increase China’s trust towards the United States in their nuclear relationship? And if so, why is this the case and how does this take place? This research distinguishes strategic trust from moralistic trust and examines the impact of operational-level engagement on helping states recognize common interests and/or common moral principles. It fills the gap in existing international relations research that does not answer the question of whether and how trust arises between states that do not imagine or understand there to be common interests or shared moral principles at the inception of engagement. The research uses three cases in the U.S.-Chinese nuclear engagement to show that interaction at the operational-level brings about convergence of perception about common interests at the top-level through building of epistemic community and enhancing bottom-up communication. However, such engagement encourages realpolitik thinking in Chinese nuclear community and therefore undermines moralistic trust between the two countries.

Additional Information

In Campus Calendar
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Groups

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP), Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE)

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
Categories
Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
Keywords
Dissertation Defense, Graduate Student, IAST, INTA, Nunn School
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