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Dr. Naazneen H. Barma

Naazneen BarmaStatus
Assistant Professor


Research Interests
Political economy of development; governance and institutional reform; East and Southeast Asia; post-conflict state- and democracy-building; natural resource management; international organizations; emerging economies and global order.

Naazneen H. Barma is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. Her research and teaching focus on the political economy of development, natural resource governance, and international interventions in post-conflict states, with a regional specialization in East Asia. Prior to joining the faculty at NPS, Barma spent three years as a Young Professional and Public Sector Specialist in the East Asia and Pacific Region at the World Bank. In that capacity, she conducted political economy analysis and worked on issues of governance and institutional reform in East Timor, Laos, and Mongolia.

Barma has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on political economy, governance, innovation, and institution-building in the developing world. She is co-editor of The Political Economy Reader: Markets as Institutions (Routledge, 2008) and co-author of Rents to Riches? The Political Economy of Natural Resource-Led Development (World Bank, 2011). She has also co-authored policy-oriented pieces on the political economic implications of the evolving international system that have appeared in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest. Barma is currently working on a book manuscript that examines transformative international interventions that aim to build sustainable peace in post-conflict countries. She has conduced field research for this project in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and East Timor, through in-depth interviews with government officials, international organization representatives, and civil society stakeholders.

Barma received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. For her dissertation project, she was designated a Junior Peace Scholar by the United States Institute of Peace. She holds an MA in Political Science from UC Berkeley, and an MA in International Policy Studies and a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in International Relations (Honors) and Economics both from Stanford University. She actively participates in initiatives to strengthen the connections between academia and the policy world on issues of international and comparative politics, including particularly the Bridging the Gap Project and the World Bank’s Political Economy Community of Practice.

Current Publications

  • "Peace-building and the Predatory Political Economy of Insecurity: Evidence from Cambodia, East Timor and Afghanistan." Conflict, Security & Development 12:3 (July 2012), 273-298.

    "Petroleum, Governance, and Fragility: The Micro Politics of Petroleum in Post-Conflict States." in Brenda Shaffer and Taleh Ziyadov, eds. Export Perils. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

  • Rents to Riches? The Political Economy of Natural Resource-Led Development. The World Bank, 2011. (with Kai Kaiser, Tuan Minh Le, and Lorena Viñuela)

  • "At the Frontier of Practical Political Economy: Operationalizing an Agent-Based Stakeholder Model in the World Bank's East Asia and Pacific Region." World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series # 5176, January 2010. (with Barbara Nunberg, Mark Abdollahian, Amanda Green, and Deborah Perlman)

  • "A World Without the West? Empirical Patterns and Theoretical Implications." Chinese Journal of International Politics 2. October 2009: 577-596. (with Giacomo Chiozza, Ely Ratner, and Steven Weber)

  • "A World Without the West." The National Interest 90. July/August 2007: 23-30. (with Ely Ratner and Steven Weber)

  • The Political Economy Reader: Markets As Institutions. Routledge, 2008. (co-edited volume with Steven K. Vogel)

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