Tyler Bowen is an America in the World Consortium Post-Doctoral Fellow focusing on how nuclear weapons affect U.S. foreign policy. His dissertation, entitled The Logic of Escalation and the Benefits of Conventional Superiority in the Nuclear Age, explains how nuclear weapons shape the benefits of conventional military superiority for the United States and other great powers.
Tyler also uses the framework from his dissertation to say forward-deployed forces can provide a security benefit to the United States, and that in East Asia, this benefit is worth the costs needed to sustain those forces.
He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2021, and he most recently worked as a Stanton Nuclear Security Pre-Doctoral Fellow at MIT in 2020-21. His other research projects examine questions of public opinion around nuclear use, the nature of nuclear superiority, the sources of deterrence failure, and the utility of military strikes against nascent nuclear programs.