Ryan Swan
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Ryan Swan

Doctoral student supervised by Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer


E-Mail: ryan.swan@bicc.de


Ryan Swan is a Fellow at the International Centre for Conflict Research in Bonn (bicc). For his doctoral project, he received a scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation's Special Programme on Security, Society and the State. He holds an M.Phil. in International Relations and Politics from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law. 

Research interests

Arms control | Impact of new military technologies | Deterrence dynamics 

Doctoral project

Ryan Swan's dissertation examines the strategic effect of emerging military technologies on deterrence dynamics with a particular focus on US-China relations. His research specifically focuses on the relationship between capability advancement and subjective perceptions of credibility.   

Selected Publications

  • Controlling the Menace of High-Tech Weapons: A New Direction for Arms Control. Eighth Tomorrow People Peace & Conflict Resolution Conference Proceedings (11/2021).
  • The Arms Race in Emerging Technologies: A Critical Perspective. European Leadership Network (9.11.2021).
  • The Future of the NPT: RevCon and Beyond. Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (12/2020).
  • The Burgeoning Arms Race in Lethal Autonomous Weapons. The Transatlantic Puzzle (28.6.2020).
  • The Future of the War on Terror. University of Illinois Law Review ONLINE 91 (23.9.2019). 

Last updated: 14 December, 2022

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