Christopher Clary


Christopher Clary is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a research fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. His research focuses on the sources of cooperation in interstate rivalries. He also studies the causes and consequences of nuclear proliferation, U.S. defense policy, and the politics of South Asia.

Previously, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C. and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in India. He also served as country director for South Asian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (2006–2009), a research associate at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. (2003–2005), and a research assistant at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. (2001–2003).


"Saudi Arabia's Reform Gamble," with Mara Karlin. Survival 53, no. 5 (October-November 2011): 15-20.

Rapporteur, The United States and India: A Shared Strategic Future (New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 2011).

Thinking about Pakistan's Nuclear Security in Peacetime, Crisis, and War, Occasional Paper no. 12 (New Delhi: Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, 2010). (pdf)

Co-author, with Peter R. Lavoy and Feroz Hassan Khan, "Pakistan's Motivations and Calculations for the Kargil Conflict," in Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia: The 1999 Kargil Conflict between India and Pakistan, Peter R. Lavoy, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2009). (pdf)

"A. Q. Khan, Proliferation Networks, and the Nuclear Slippery Slope," in Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East, James Russell, ed. (Palgrave MacMillan, 2006).

"Dr. Khan's Nuclear WalMart," Disarmament Diplomacy, no. 76 (April 2004).