Anand Toprani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Dr. Toprani is a specialist in energy geopolitics and political economy. He previously served as an historian with the U.S. Department of State and as a strategic analyst at U.S. Central Command.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cold War
  • Diplomacy
  • Economics
  • Europe
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • Intel
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Theory
  • National Security
  • WWI
  • WWII


Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2012, History

M.Phil., University of Oxford (University College), 2006, Modern European History

B.A., Cornell University, 2003, History, with Distinction in all Subjects

Research Contributions and Publications

Oil and the Great Powers: Britain and Germany, 1914-1945
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019

‘Degenerated into a Competition for Dollars’: Reevaluating the Revolt of the Admirals, 1945-1950
Diplomacy & Statecraft (forthcoming)

Budgets and Strategy: The Enduring Legacy of the Revolt of the Admirals
Political Science Quarterly 134: 1 (2019): 117-146

An Anglo-American ‘Petroleum Entente’? The First Attempt to Reach an Anglo-American Oil Agreement, 1921
The Historian 79: 1 (2017): 56-79

The First War for Oil: The Caucasus, German Strategy, and the Turning Point of the War on the Eastern Front, 1942
Journal of Military History 80: 3 (2016): 815-854

'The navy’s success speaks for itself’? The German Navy’s Independent Energy Security Strategy, 1932-1940
Naval War College Review 68: 3 (2015): 91-118

Germany’s Answer to Standard Oil: The Continental Oil Company and Nazi Grand Strategy, 1940-1942
Journal of Strategic Studies 37: 6-7 (2014): 949-973

The French Connection: A New Perspective on the End of the Red Line Agreement, 1945-1948
Diplomatic History 36: 2 (2012): 261-299

Awards and Decorations

Applied History Course Development Program Grant
Stanton Foundation (2018-2019)

Ernest May Post-doctoral Fellowship in History and Policy, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government 
Harvard University (2012-2013)

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Historical Studies 
University of Texas at Austin (2012-2013 – declined)

Smith Richardson Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Security Studies, International Security Studies
Yale University (2011-2012)

World Politics & Statecraft Fellowship
Smith Richardson Foundation (2010)

George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship 
George C. Marshall Foundation (2010)

Young Scholars Award 
Cosmos Club Foundation (2010)

Research Grant 
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association (2010)

History Department Fellowship/Teaching Assistantship 
Georgetown University (2006-2011)

External Memberships and Associations

Council on Foreign Relations
Term Member (2018-2023)

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Applied History Working Group, Belfer Center, Kennedy School 

News, Media, & Events

The Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative 2020: Newport Arctic Seminar

Jan. 22, 2020
8:00 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Why A U.S.-Iran War Isn't Going To Happen

Jan. 04, 2020
The National Interest
Article Publication

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