Today I delivered a public lecture at the University of Macau (UM), sponsored by UM’s Department of Government and the Youth Association of International Affairs. The lecture was titled “The People’s Nuclear Weapon: Strategic Culture and China’s Nuclear Deterrent, 1949-1975.” There was great feedback from the students (mostly graduate students in the International Relations Master Degree program), with questions ranging from research methodology to China’s capital investment capability during the Mao era. Further, there was general agreement with the thesis that China’s Mao-era strategic culture, best defined in terms of “People’s War” ideas, limited the development of China’s nuclear weapons program.
Attached here is a reduced PDF version of the presentation. Next stop: Woodstock, VT for the New England Political Science Association 2014 Conference!