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Vipin Narang
Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science


VIPIN NARANG is Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University in May 2010, where he was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation in international relations. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an M. Phil with Distinction in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, a predoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Stanton junior faculty fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.

His first book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era (Princeton University Press, 2014) on the deterrence strategies of regional nuclear powers won the 2015 ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book Award. He is currently working on his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation (Princeton University Press, under contract), which explores how states pursue nuclear weapons. His work has been published in several journals including International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Quarterly, and International Organization.




Publications|Selected Publications

Vipin Narang, "Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation," International Security, Vol 41, No. 3 (Winter 2016/17), pp. 110-150.

Vipin Narang, “Civil-Military Pathologies and Defeat in War: Tests Using New Data,” Journal of Conflict Resolution, forthcoming. With Caitlin Talmadge.

Vipin Narang, "Five Myths about India's Nuclear Posture," The Washington Quarterly, 36.3, Summer 2013, pp. 143-157.

Vipin Narang, "What Does it Take to Deter? Regional Power Nuclear Postures and International Conflict," Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 57, no. 3 (June, 2013), pp. 478-508.

Vipin Narang, "Posturing for Peace? Pakistan's Nuclear Postures and South Asian Stability," International Security, vol. 34, no. 3 (Winter, 2010), pp. 38-78.

Vipin Narang, "Who are These Belligerent Democratizers? Reassessing the Impact of Democratization on War," International Organization, vol. 63, no. 2 (April 2009), pp. 357–379. With Rebecca M. Nelson.




Quoted in "India and Pakistan Escalate Nuclear Arms Race," The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2017.


Quoted in "India, Long at Odds With Pakistan, May Be Rethinking Nuclear First Strikes," New York Times, March 31, 2017.


Quoted in "Fearing U.S. Withdrawal, Europe Considers Its Own Nuclear Deterrent,' New York Times, March 6, 2017.


Quoted in "In Kim Jong-nam's Death, North Korea Lets Loose a Weapon of Mass Destruction," New York Times, February 24, 2017.


Quoted in "Trump wants a 'top of the pack' nuclear program: does that actually signal a shift?" Christian Science Monitor, February 24, 2017.


Quoted extensively in "Trump, Promising Arms Race, Could Set World on Uncertain Path" New York Times, December 23, 2016.


Quoted extensively in "Trump's Nuclear Weapons Tweet, Translated and Explained," New York Times, December 22, 2016.


MIT News Office interview, July 24, 2015, The US-Nuclear Deal: MIT experts size it up.