This Independent Study thesis is divided into two four chapters. The first chapter, “The World Will Never Be the same”, is an exploration of how the world changed once the first nuclear weapon was used on August 6th, 1945. Once this new technology was introduced to the world, it examines why states would want to obtain nuclear weapons or engage in nuclear proliferation. I followed that examination up with several theories on how to curb the spread of nuclear weapons or nuclear non-proliferation. Finally, I present the solution to non-proliferation agreed upon by the key signatory states.

The second chapter, “Just War Theory,” examines the origins of Just War Theory and its complexities. I highlight two key contributors to Just War Theory, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. Although, focus on two main contributors, I make it a point to clarify that Just War Theory is a living document that is evolving as conflict evolves.

The third chapter, “Cyberwarfare,” I begin by describing what is cyberwarfare and complexities involved in defining this term. I examine the rise of cyber threats from harmless to war threatening.

The fourth chapter and final chapter, “Stuxnet” is an examination of the cyber-attack on the Iranian nuclear centrifuges. I describe what happened, and how Just War Theory applies to cyber-attacks.


Hustwit, Ronald




Other Philosophy


Cyberwarfare, Stuxnet, non-proliferation

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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