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Naazneen H. Barma

Biography

Naazneen H. Barma is Director of the Doug and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, Scrivner Chair, and Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is a political scientist whose work spans topics including peacebuilding, foreign aid, economic development and institutional reform, natural resource politics, and global governance, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She is currently working on a collaborative project that aims to develop a principled and pragmatic roadmap for a modern global liberalism. Her research has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, the Minerva Research Initiative, and the Berggruen Institute, among others. Dr. Barma is author of The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States (Cambridge University Press 2017), co-author of Rents to Riches? The Political Economy of Natural Resource-Led Development (World Bank, 2011), and co-editor of Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts (World Bank, 2014) and The Political Economy Reader: Markets as Institutions (Routledge, 2008). Prior to joining the Korbel School faculty, she was Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School from 2000–2010 and previously worked from 1998–2001 and 2007–2010 as a development practitioner at the World Bank. She is one of the founders and a co-director of Bridging the Gap, an initiative devoted to enhancing the policy impact of contemporary international affairs scholarship.

Highlighted Works

The Peacebuilding Puzzle Studies in Comparative International Development Institutions Taking Root International Peacekeeping

"The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States" Naazneen H. Barma, Cambridge University Press.(2017)

"The Impact of Aid Dynamics on State Effectiveness and Legitimacy"
Naazneen H. Barma, Naomi Levy, and Jessica R. Piombo, in Studies in Comparative International Development
(2020)

"Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts" edited by Naazneen H. Barma, Elisabeth Nuybens, and Lorena Viñuela, 
The World Bank
(2014)

"Disentangling Aid Dynamics in Statebuilding and Peacebuilding: A Causal Framework"
Naazneen H. Barma in International Peacekeeping
(2017)



Journal Articles

"The Impact of Aid Dynamics on State Effectiveness and Legitimacy," with Naomi Levy, and Jessica Piombo, Studies in Comparative International Development 5:2 (2020).


"Disentangling Aid Dynamics in Statebuilding and Peacebuilding: A Causal Framework," with Naomi Levy, and Jessica Piombo, International Peacekeeping 24:2 (2017).


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


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


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


"A World Without the West? Empirical Patterns and Theoretical Implications," with Giacomo Chiozza, Ely Ratner, and Steven Weber, Chinese Journal of International Politics 2 (2009).


"Brokered Democracy-Building: Developing Democracy Through Transitional Governance in Cambodia, East Timor, and Afghanistan," IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies 8:2 (2006).


Book Chapters

"Overview—Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts," with Viñuela, Lorena and Elisabeth Huybens, in Naazneen H. Barma, Elisabeth Huybens, and Lorena Viñuela, eds. Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts (World Bank, 2014).


"The Institution-Building Context in Lao PDR," with Stephanie Robert Oksen, in Naazneen H. Barma, Elisabeth Huybens, and Lorena Viñuela, eds. Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts (World Bank, 2014).


"Lao PDR Case Study: Électricité du Laos," with Stephanie Robert Oksen, in Naazneen H. Barma, Elisabeth Huybens, and Lorena Viñuela, eds. Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts (World Bank, 2014).


"Lao PDR Case Study: Ministry of Public Works and Transport," with Stephanie Robert Oksen, in Naazneen H. Barma, Elisabeth Huybens, and Lorena Viñuela, eds. Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts (World Bank, 2014).


"Petroleum, Governance, and Fragility: The Micro Politics of Petroleum in Post-Conflict States," in Brenda Shaffer and Taleh Ziyadov, eds. Beyond the Resource Curse (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).


"The Emerging Economies in the Digital Era: Market Places, Market Players, and Market Makers," in John Zysman and Abe Newman, eds. How Revolutionary was the Digital Revolution? National Responses, Market Transitions, and Global Technology (Stanford University Press, 2006).