Tristan Volpe

Nonresident Fellow
Nuclear Policy Program
Tristan Volpe is a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and assistant professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School.

PhD, George Washington University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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Tristan Volpe is a nonresident fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an assistant professor in the Defense Analysis Department of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Volpe focuses on issues at the intersection of nuclear proliferation, emerging technology, and regional security in East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. His work has been published in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Security Studies, the Washington Quarterly, and the Nonproliferation Review.

Previously, Volpe was a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he assessed the impact of rapid technological and geopolitical change on nuclear proliferation. As Carnegie’s 2015 Stanton nuclear security fellow, Volpe published a series of articles explaining when nuclear latency provides regional powers with bargaining leverage in world politics, and how the United States could tailor its nonproliferation strategy in response. From 2013 to 2015, Volpe was a Lawrence scholar at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he served briefly as a consultant to the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Tracking the German Nuclear Debate

Shortly after the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president in November 2016, several prominent German politicians, journalists, and scholars began to discuss whether Germany ought to explore options in case of U.S. retrenchment of its security guarantees.

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