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Neil Narang

Neil Narang is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and co-director of the Global Security hub in the Orfalea Center at the University of California Santa Barbara. In 2015–2016, Narang served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. He is currently a research scholar and steering committee member at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, faculty affiliate at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation, affiliated researcher at the Centre for Conflict Development and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Narang specializes in international relations, with a focus on issues of international security and conflict management. Specifically, his research explores the role of signaling under uncertainty in situations of bargaining and cooperation, particularly as it applies to two substantive domains: 1) crisis bargaining in both interstate and civil war, and 2) cooperation through nuclear and conventional military alliances. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, among others.

Narang received his PhD in political science from the University of California San Diego and BA in molecular cell biology and political science from the University of California Berkeley. He has previously been a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Browne Center for International Politics, a nonproliferation policy fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a junior faculty fellow and visiting professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

  • international relations
  • international security and conflict management
  • political violence
  • international institutions

Steering Committee member, current

Director, Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Summer Training Program, 2013