Negeen Pegahi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
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Professor Pegahi, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in CNWS’s Strategic and Operational Research Department and the director of the Mahan Scholars advanced research program, a collaborative student-faculty group focused on questions of strategic deterrence and nuclear policy. She previously served as a strategic advisor to special operations forces in Afghanistan, a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and at the U.S. Institute for Peace and a consultant at the RAND Corporation. She is a non-resident fellow at the Stimson Center. Her research centers on the strategic uses and limitations of nuclear weapons in South Asia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • Deterrence
  • International Relations
  • Nuclear
  • Pakistan
  • Special Operations

Professional Highlights


Director, Mahan Scholars Research Program, US Naval War College


Strategic Advisor, Special Operations Joint Task Force, Afghanistan


Assistant Professor, National Security Affairs, US Naval War College


Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard University


Ph.D., University of Chicago, Political Science

M.A., University of Chicago, Political Science

B.A., Williams College, Political Science and Chinese

Research Contributions and Publications

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