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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 in Monterey, California. Her research and teaching focus on the political economy of development, international interventions in post-conflict states, and natural resource governance, with a regional specialization in East Asia. Prior to joining the faculty at NPS, 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 has fifteen years of full-time and consulting experience with the World Bank and other aid agencies.

Dr. Barma is currently completing a book manuscript on political order in post-conflict developing countries, with a focus on Afghanistan, Cambodia, and East Timor. She is also one of three principal investigators who recently won a Minerva Award to conduct a new study examining the relationship between state-building and peace-building through the lens of public service delivery at the subnational level in Cambodia, Laos, and Uganda.

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. She is a founding member and Director of Bridging the Gap, an initiative devoted to enhancing the policy impact of contemporary international affairs scholarship.

Select Publications

  • Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts. The 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.
  • “The Mythical Liberal Order.” The National Interest 124. March/April 2013: 56-67. (with Ely Ratner and Steven Weber)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • The Political Economy Reader: Markets As Institutions. Routledge, 2008. (co-edited volume with Steven K. Vogel)
  • "A World Without the West." The National Interest 90. July/August 2007: 23-30. (with Ely Ratner and Steven Weber)

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