Daryl G. Press

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Government
Coordinator, Dickey Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Daryl Press’s research and teaching focus on U.S. national security policy, in particular the changing global balance of power, the evolution of technology and warfare, and the future of deterrence.  Professor Press has published in leading academic journals such as International Security, the American Political Science Review, and Security Studies, as well as popular outlets including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of Calculating Credibility: How Leaders Assess Military Threats, a book on credibility and decision-making during military crises, and he has completed a new book manuscript on nuclear deterrence in the 21st century.  Press has consulted for the U.S. Defense Department for more than two decades, and he is a member of the U.S. State Department’s historical advisory committee. 

(603) 646-1707
120 Silsby Hall
HB 6108
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

“Markets or Mercantilism: How China Secures its Energy Supplies,” International Security 42 (2018): 170-204 (with J. Lind).

“The New Era of Nuclear Arsenal Vulnerability,” Physics and Society Vol. 47 (2018) (with K. Lieber).

“The New Era of Counterforce: Technological Change and the Future of Nuclear Deterrence,” International Security 41 (2017): 7-44 (with K. Lieber).

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

“Why States Won’t Give Nuclear Weapons to Terrorists,” International Security 38 (2013): 80-104 (with K. Lieber).

“Atomic Aversion: Experimental Evidence on Taboos, Traditions, and the Non-use of Nuclear Weapons,” American Political Science Review 107 (2013): 188-206 (with S. Sagan and B. Valentino).


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

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