Vipin Narang

Nonresident Scholar
Nuclear Policy Program
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Vipin Narang is a nonresident scholar in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


PhD, Harvard University
MPhil, University of Oxford
MS, Stanford University
BS, Stanford University



English; Hindi

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Vipin Narang is a nonresident scholar in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the Frank Stanton Professor of Nuclear Security and Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.

He received his PhD from Harvard University’s Department of Government in May 2010, where he was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation in international relations. He holds a BS and MS in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an MPhil 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 John M. 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 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 peer-reviewed journals including International Security, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Washington Quarterly, and International Organization.

  • India and Counterforce: A Question of Evidence
    June 5, 2020 Zoom Meeting
    India and Counterforce: A Question of Evidence

    Rajesh Rajagopalan's recent paper, "India and Counterforce: A Question of Evidence" argues that even as India has had a long-running debate about many aspects of its nuclear doctrine, the country continues to maintain its posture on the No First Use doctrine.

  • The Third Nuclear Age
    August 23, 2019 New Delhi
    The Third Nuclear Age

    Today's emerging nuclear landscape is marked by three features making it distinct from the post-Cold War nuclear era—the return to great power nuclear competition, the diffusion of destabilizing nuclear strategies, and the potential for the emergence of several new nuclear powers.


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