Nick Lotito

Nick Lotito

Associate Research Scholar, School of Public and International Affairs

Princeton University


I’m a researcher at Princeton University, where I teach in the School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Politics. My research focuses on civil-military relations and political violence, with an emphasis on North Africa and the Middle East.


  • International Security
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Middle East and North Africa


  • PhD in Political Science, 2018

    Columbia University

  • MA in Political Science, 2013

    Columbia University

  • BA in Political Science, 2010

    Haverford College


Military Assistance Providers

How has foreign military assistance changed over time?

Public Trust in the Military

What explains high public trust in the armed forces in authoritarian and democratizing countries?

Origins of Coercive Institutions

Colonial origins of security forces in MENA.

Terrorism in Armed Conflict

Data project on the use of terrorism in civil war.

Soldiers and Societies in Revolt

Military organizational culture in the Arab Spring.


(2020). Terrorism in Armed Conflict: New Data Attributing Terrorism to Rebel Organizations. Conflict Management and Peace Science.

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(2020). Military Politics in Muslim Societies. Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies.


(2020). Pandemic Performance: Women Leaders in the Covid-19 Crisis. Politics & Gender 16(4).


(2019). Trade-offs and Public Support for Security Reform during Democratic Transitions. Middle East Law & Governance, 11(2).


(2018). Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds: Rebel Funding Sources and the Use of Terrorism in Civil Wars. International Studies Quarterly, 62(4).

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Other Writing