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Daryl Press
Associate Professor, Department of Government, Dartmouth College

Daryl Press (MIT PhD 2001) is an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on U.S. foreign policy, deterrence, and the future of war. Press has published numerous articles and two books: Calculating Credibility (2005), which examines how leaders assess the credibility of adversaries’ threats during crises. In his second book, The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution (2020), he and Keir Lieber use evidence from the past seven decades to explore the central puzzle of the nuclear age: why international politics remains so competitive despite the security that nuclear weapons give their owners. Their answers shed critical light on the critical nuclear deterrence challenges of the 21st century. Press is now leading a project to create new tools of conventional force analysis, and to measure the changing military balance around the world, including in Eastern Europe, maritime East Asia, the Korean Peninsula, and Taiwan. His work has appeared in leading academic journals such as International Security, the American Political Science Review, and Security Studies, as well as in the popular press including Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly