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Nobel Laureate to Discuss Game Theory & Nuclear Arms

Part of 50th Anniversary of JFK’s “Strategy of Peace” at American University Speech Series

WHO: Dr. Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his development and investigation of how conflict and cooperation work out through game theory analysis -- behavioral research relevant to the prevention of nuclear war.  

Dean’s Discussion with Dr. Thomas C. Schelling celebrating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s “Strategy of Peace" address at American University's commencement in June 1963.

WHEN: April 25, 2013; 3:30- 5:00 pm

WHERE: American University, School of International Service’s (SIS) Abramson Family Founder Room.

Also available via live webcast at
As part of American University’s commemoration of John F. Kennedy’s “Strategy of Peace” speech delivered at American on June 10, 1963, the School of International Service is presenting Dr. Thomas Schelling, 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner for "having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis," including in his classic work, The Strategy of Conflict. American University’s School of International Service Dean James Goldgeier will moderate the discussion.

Schelling’s work on game theory analysis proved to be invaluable during the Cold War. In today’s post-Cold War, Iran and North Korea seek nuclear weapon status for distinct reasons than the Cold War adversaries did begging the question does game theory still apply? How do rogue nations affect game theory in 2013 and beyond? What if a terrorist organization had a nuclear dirty bomb or other device, does game theory tell us anything about the outcome? How does JFK’s speech apply in 2013 with regard to promoting dialogue and bold unilateral foreign policy moves to achieve peace?

Dr. Schelling served in the Economic Cooperation Administration in Europe, and held positions in the White House and Executive Office of the President, Yale University, the RAND Corporation, and Harvard University prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland.  

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