Carnegie Mellon University

Dani Nedal

Dani Nedal

Lecturer, Institute for Politics and Strategy

  • Posner Hall 387C
  • 412-268-2644


Dani Nedal is a Lecturer at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also currently a Visiting Research Professor at the US Army War College. He studies International Relations, with a focus on international security, nuclear weapons, and power and authority in international politics. His book project explores how national security policy is shaped by countries' urban geography and the vulnerability of cities to modern warfare. His work has been published in leading journals, book presses, and popular outlets. 

Before joining IPS, Dr. Nedal was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program, a Smith Richardson Fellow at Yale International Security Studies, and a Managing Editor at International Studies Quarterly. Before earning his PhD at Georgetown University, he worked as Research Fellow with the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham, the International Politics department at Aberystwyth University, and the Center for International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.


Journal Articles

"Urban Concentration and Civil War". With Megan Stewart and Michael Weintraub. Journal of Conflict Resolution. Volume 64 Issue 6, July 2020, Pages 1146–1171.

Nedal, Dani and Daniel Nexon. “Anarchy and Authority: International Structure, the Balance of Power, and Hierarchy.” Journal of Global Security Studies (2019).

“Gender in the International Studies Quarterly Review Process” with Daniel Nexon. PS: Political Science and Politics, 2018.

“On ‘Theorizing Terrorism’: A Reply to Colin Wight”. International Relations 25 (2): 263-266, 2011

“Chinese Investment in Brazil: Cum Grano Salis” Harvard Asia Quarterly XIII (1): 20-23, 2011

Book chapters

"Witnesses to Nuclear Rapprochement: Key Junctures." With Nicholas J. Wheeler and Matias Spektor In: Mallea, R.; Spektor, M.; Wheeler, N.J. (eds.) The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History between Argentina and Brazil. Washington, DC and Rio de Janeiro, RJ: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and FGV, 2015. (PDF. Also available in Portuguese)

O Multilateralismo na Política Externa Chinesa” (Multilateralism in Chinese Foreign Policy) In: Lazarou, E. (ed.) Multilateralismo no Século XXI. Rio de Janeiro: Editora FGV, pp. 55-78, 2014.

A presença da China na América Latina e suas implicações para o Brasil” (China’s Presence in Latin America and Implications for Brazil) In: Sorj, B.; Fausto, S. (orgs.) O Brasil e a Governança da América Latina: Que Tipo de Liderança é Possível? São Paulo: Plataforma Democrática, pp. 161-184. 2013.

"China and Brazil: Two Trajectories of a “Strategic Partnership”. With Rodrigo Tavares Maciel. In: HEARN, A. MANRÍQUEZ, J. (eds.) China Engages Latin America: Tracing the Trajectory. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2011.