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(831) 656-6250
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Glasgow Hall, Room 355

Associate Chair for Instruction, Associate Professor

Expertise: State-building, Peace-building, Political Economy of Development, Natural Resource Governance


Naazneen H. Barma is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. Her research and teaching focus on the political economy of development, post-conflict peacebuilding and political order, and natural resource governance, with a regional specialization in East Asia and the Pacific.

Dr. Barma's book, The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States, was published by Cambridge University Press (2017). Drawing on fieldwork in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and East Timor, the book argues that transformative peace operations fall short of achieving the modern political order sought in post-conflict countries because the interventions themselves empower post-conflict elites intent on forging a neopatrimonial political order.

Dr. Barma is currently working on a collaborative research project, funded by the Minerva Initiative, that examines the relationship between state-building and peace-building through the lens of public service delivery in Cambodia, Laos, and Uganda. Her peer-reviewed academic research has been published in several refereed journals and edited volumes. She is author, co-author, and co-editor of four books. She has also co-authored policy-oriented pieces on global political economic order that have appeared in Democracy: A Journal of IdeasForeign Policy, and The National Interest

Dr. Barma received her PhD (2007) and MA (2002) in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. For her dissertation project, she won a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship from the United States Institute of Peace. She earned both her BA (1996) in International Relations and Economics and her MA (1997) in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. From 2007–2010, Dr. Barma was a Young Professional and Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank, where she conducted political economy analysis and worked on operational dimensions of governance and institutional reform in the East Asia Pacific Region. She is a founding member and co-director of Bridging the Gap, an initiative devoted to enhancing the policy impact of contemporary international affairs scholarship.

Teaching Interests:

Comparative Political Economic Systems

East Asian Political Economy

Special Topics in the Political Economy of Development

Recent Publications:

The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, November 2016.

“Why Dependence on Postconflict Elites Causes Peacebuilding Failures.” Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions 30 (1). January 2017: 7–9.

“Disentangling Aid Dynamics in Statebuilding and Peacebuilding: A Causal Framework.” International Peacekeeping 24 (2). April 2017: 187–211 (with Naomi Levy and Jessica R. Piombo). 

"'Imagine a World in Which': Using Scenarios in Political Science."  International Studies Perspectives 17 (2). May 2016 (with Brent Durbin, Eric Lorber, and Rachel E. Whitlark).

Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts. Washington DC: World Bank, 2014 (co-edited with Elisabeth Huybens and Lorena Viñuela).

"The Rentier State at Work: Comparative Experiences of the Resource Curse in East Asia and the Pacific." Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies 1 (2). May 2014: 257-272.

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

Rents to Riches? The Political Economy of Natural Resource-Led Development. Washington DC: World Bank, 2012 (with Kai Kaiser, Tuan Minh Le, and Lorena Viñuela).

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