International Security Studies at Yale University presents
David M. Allison, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School:
“The Delicate Balance of Error: Perceived Counterforce Feasibility and the Nuclear Taboo.”
Using a series of survey experiments, Allison shows that the behavior of nuclear taboo believers is malleable and that most are responsive to changes in the effectiveness of nuclear use or persuasive moral arguments.
Allison is a political scientist with a focus on strategic stability, nuclear politics, and military power. He is a member of the Mid-Career Cadre at the Project on Nuclear Issues, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Earlier, he served as an officer in the United States Army, deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a B.A. with highest honors in Political Science from Columbia University.