What explains the ebbs and flows of proliferation over time? Drawing on a large corpus of data on nuclear transfers, as well as in-depth case studies, this seminar will present an argument that proliferation is a function of the competition in the nuclear marketplace, which is populated by proliferators, suppliers, and thwarters.

Eliza Gheorghe is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom. She holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. She writes on reactive proliferation within alliances, nuclear technology transfers, nuclear sharing, and smuggling networks.