Neil Narang is a nonresident senior fellow in the Forward Defense practice of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He serves as the research director at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and as an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He serves as advisor to the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Strategic Resilience Initiative, and he previously served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.

His research primarily focuses on international security, conflict management and peacebuilding, and the relationship between international institutions and conflict. He is the editor of the books Emerging Technologies and International Stability (2021) and Nuclear Posture and Nonproliferation Policy: Causes and Consequences for the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (2015), and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution, among others.

He received his PhD in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and he holds a BA in molecular cell biology and political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has 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 at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.