T. N. Pegahi, Ph.D.
Director, Mahan Advanced Research Program
Strategic & Operational Research
T. Negeen Pegahi is an assistant professor of strategy and the director of the Mahan advanced research program at the Naval War College. She also co-teaches in the college’s special operations elective sequence and spent June 2013 to June 2014 as a strategic advisor and analyst at the Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan / NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan (SOJTF-A/NSOCC-A) in Kabul. Prior to joining the faculty in Newport, Dr. Pegahi spent two years at Harvard University as a research fellow in the International Security and Managing the Atom programs at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and as a teaching fellow in the university’s undergraduate core curriculum. Prior to that, she taught masters students at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy as well as undergraduates in the university’s International Studies and Political Science departments. Her courses have focused variously on international relations theory, security studies, research design, and formal methods. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Dr. Pegahi spent two years at the RAND Corporation conducting research and one year in northern Pakistan as a Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Pegahi received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in Chinese and Political Science from Williams College. Her research interests center on international relations theory and security studies, with a focus on how actors choose among the strategic options available to them and the consequences of those choices. Her doctoral dissertation, defended in May 2013, provides a theory laying out the conditions under which acquiring nuclear weapons is likely to embolden weak states and uses that argument to provide a new explanation of Pakistani crisis decisionmaking. Her current projects examine related questions of nuclear proliferation as well as the role of special operations in achieving national objectives. Dr. Pegahi has traveled extensively in China, South and Southwest Asia, and the greater Middle East, and is proficient in Modern Standard Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, and Urdu.
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