Daryl G. Press

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Government

  • Director, Institute for Global Security

  • Coordinator, Rosenwald Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Daryl Press's research and teaching focus on U.S. foreign policy, deterrence, and the future of warfare. He has published two books, Calculating Credibility (2005) and The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution (2020), and 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.  Press is the co-founder of the Strategic Forces Bootcamp, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, and the Seminar on Conventional Force Analysis, a project to revitalize the field of open-source conventional force analysis. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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  • B.A. University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

  • "The Deliberate Employment of U.S. Nuclear Weapons: Escalation Triggers on the Korean Peninsula," Journal of Peace and Disarmament Studies (2022), 101-114.

  • "Five Futures for a Troubled Alliance," Korean Journal of Defense Analysis (2021) (with J. Lind)

  • "The New Era of Nuclear Arsenal Vulnerability," Physics and Society (2018) (with K. Lieber).

  • "The New Era of Counterforce: Technological Change and the Future of Nuclear Deterrence," International Security (2017): 7-44 (with K. Lieber).

         -- Best Article, awarded by the International Security section of the APSA, 2018.

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The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution: Power Politics in the Nuclear Age, Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, Cornell University Press, with K. Lieber (2020).

Calculating Credibility: How Leaders Assess Military Threats, Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, Cornell University Press (2005).