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Daniel Altman

Daniel Altman

MacArthur Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow

Stanford University
Encina Hall, E-210
Stanford CA 94305-6165

(650) 724-5694 (voice)

Research Interests

Coercion, crisis, red lines, faits accomplis, the causes of war, nuclear proliferation


Daniel Altman is a MacArthur Nuclear Security Pre/Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. He received his PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. His research examines three broad and overlapping areas of International Relations: coercion and crisis, the causes of interstate war, and nuclear proliferation. He is currently working on a book, Red Lines and Faits Accomplis in International Politics, that develops and tests a theory of interstate crises predicated on the strategic competition between challengers seeking opportunities to make unilateral gains by fait accompli and defenders attempting to set red lines to deter these faits accomplis. The project explores this theory in each of three branches: territory, the use of force, and nuclear nonproliferation. His research interests also include the origins of misperceptions that cause war, the logic of trade as a cause of peace, the impediments to war termination, the use of preventive force against nuclear programs, and the efficacy of crisis signaling. For more information, please visit his webpage at