Debak Das

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Debak Das, PhD

  • Stanton Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Debak Das received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Department of Government at Cornell University in 2021. His research explores how states develop the means of nuclear delivery. Using historical and archival sources, he examines the different trajectories states have taken in developing their nuclear forces and how the global nuclear non-proliferation regime has enabled this process. Dr. Das has conducted this research in France, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His research lies at the intersection of International Relations, nuclear strategy, diplomacy, statecraft, and Cold War international history.

Previously, Dr. Das was a MacArthur Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow at CISAC in 2019-20. Before Cornell, he completed his M.Phil in Diplomacy and Disarmament, and M.A. in Politics and International Relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has formerly held research positions at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, New Delhi. His prior work includes organizing extensive Track II Dialogues between India and Pakistan specifically on nuclear and other related security issues.