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2009 TEDxColumbus: Global

John Mueller

Mueller is Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University. His interests include international politics, foreign policy, defense policy, public opinion, democratization, economic history, post-Communism, and terrorism.

He is author or editor of 15 books and is currently working on a book project under contract with Oxford University Press called Atomic Obsession: Reactions and Overreactions to Terrorism.


Whatever their impact on activist rhetoric, strategic theorizing, defense budgets, and political posturing, nuclear weapons have had at best a quite limited effect on history. Through Dr. Mueller’s unique and entertaining lens, he will discuss how they have been a substantial waste of money and effort, do not seem to have been terribly appealing to most states that do not have them, are out of reach for terrorists, and are unlikely to materially shape much of our future.

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