When: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 6:30 PM

Where: UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095

To RSVP: RSVP to Bennett Ramberg by September 12, 11 AM¬†with your selection of $35 dinner/$39 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $11.

For more information: Contact Denise Duffield at 213-689-9170

THE TOPIC: “Botching the Bomb: Why Nuclear Programs Often Fail on their Own–and Why Iran’s Might, Too.” Despite the global spread of nuclear hardware and knowledge, at least half of the nuclear weapons projects launched since 1970 have definitively failed, and even the successful projects have generally needed far more time than expected. To explain this puzzling slowdown in proliferation, Jacques E. C. Hymans focuses on the relations between politicians and scientific and technical workers in developing countries. By undermining the workers’ spirit of professionalism, developing country rulers unintentionally thwart their own nuclear ambitions. He will examine the implications for Iran’s suspect nuclear program.

THE SPEAKER: Jacques Hymans (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Associate Professor of International Relations at USC. He is the author Achieving Nuclear Ambitions (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and and the award winning The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation (Cambridge University Press, 2006). A summary of Professor Hymans Global Security Seminar remarks will be found in in the May/June 2012 issue of Foreign Affairs.