Daniel Altman


Daniel Altman is a PhD candidate International Relations and a MacArthur Nuclear Security Pre/Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University for the 2014-2015 academic year.

His dissertation, “Red Lines and Faits Accomplis in Interstate Coercion and Crisis,” offers a theoretical framework for explaining crisis behavior and outcomes that connects characteristics of deterrent red lines, faits accomplis, and crisis outcomes. His work tests this theory against the conventional wisdom with case studies of the 1948-1949 Berlin Blockade Crisis and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, as well as a quantitative analysis of original data on "land grab" faits accomplis in interstate crises over territory from 1918 to 2007. He is working on several additional research projects on topics which include misperception as a cause of war, trade as a cause of peace, and the use of preventive force against nuclear programs. One of these, "The Strategist's Curse: A Theory of False Optimism as a Cause of War," is forthcoming in Security Studies.