Benoît Pelopidas

Associate Professor
Phone: 0158717069 -
Benoît Pelopidas holds the junior chair of excellence in security studies at Sciences Po. He also remains an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University and is a visiting fellow with Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security and Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

He has been awarded two international prizes for his research and, most recently, a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award in 2016.

He focuses on the construction of confidence in the validity, acceptability and sufficiency of the existing knowledge about nuclear weapons, and their ethical and political implications. Empirically, his focus is on nuclear “close calls” and French nuclear history. He edited a volume on the experience of the so called ‘Cuban missile crisis’ worldwide and lessons learned from it, expected to be published in 2017. His latest essay on self-censorship in nuclear security studies will be published in the Journal of Global Security Studies.
Over the last six years, he has been engaging with policy making elites in the US and Europe as well as civil society groups to advocate innovative nuclear disarmament and arms control policies.
Work in Progress

I am currently working on a transnational history of nuclear categories based on correspondence of early nuclear experts worldwide and on a project on the consequences of the so-called “Cuban Missile Crisis” worldwide (with Professor Carlo Patti) and I am completing essays on : - the legacy of Thomas C. Schelling in the nuclear realm ; - attitudes of EU citizens under 30 years old about nuclear weapons ; - US nuclear force structure modernization (with Dr Ryan Snyder). I am interested in supervising research on theory of international security, intellectual history of defence and security issues in France, the UK, the US or among transnational communities

Research Interests

Transnational history of nuclear categories, Theory of international security, Intellectual history of defence and security issues in France, the UK, the US or among transnational communities

  • Teaching

    - Establishment : Sciences Po, title : Dilemmas of a nuclear-armed world, since ,(level : licence),

    - Establishment : Ecole des affaires internationales, title : Security in a Nuclear-Armed World, since ,(level : master)
  • Languages

    French, English, Spanish
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