Vipin Narang

U.S. Department of Defense

Vipin Narang is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, a portfolio that includes space, missile defense, cyber, nuclear and countering weapons of mass destruction policy. He also assists the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy in his roles overseeing space as a warfighting domain, and as the Principal Cyber Advisor to the Secretary of Defense. He is on public service leave from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is the Frank Stanton Professor of Nuclear Security and Political Science 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 has recently published his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation (Princeton University Press, 2022), which explores how states pursue nuclear weapons. His work has been published in several journals including International Security, Journal of Conflict ResolutionThe Washington Quarterly, and International Organization.

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