Dr. Nancy Teeple began her doctoral studies in Political Science at SFU following her work as a strategic analyst with the Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre at CFB Kingston. At SFU she studied international security and strategy; and explored the implications of offensive nuclear deterrence systems for arms control and overall strategic stability under the guidance of her supervisor Dr. Douglas Ross.
Nancy was awarded the Dean's Convocation Medal in June 2018 for her doctoral dissertation, “Arms Control on the Eve of Destruction? The prospects for an Arctic Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in an Age of Counterforce Dominance.” This work explored the feasibility of creating a nuclear arms control regime in the Arctic within the context of the U.S.-Russia strategic arms competition. The findings determined that, like any bilateral arms control agreement, an Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone has potential, but requires changes in provocative nuclear behaviour, perceptions on the role of nuclear weapons in national security strategy. Cooperation on an Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone, in particular, may be possible through establishing exclusion zones in the Arctic incrementally. Nancy received a SSHRC doctoral award for this research.
Dr. Douglas Ross stated that “[Nancy] produced an analytically outstanding piece of work that hopefully will induce serious rethinking in Canada and other allied countries about the grave risk of enhancing counterforce first-strike capabilities via conventionally armed long-range missiles, in conjunction with the development of an American-led system of global missile defences.”
Nancy's work continues to explore innovative deterrence options in the multiple domains of warfare, providing solutions for countering today's asymmetric threats.