Ryan W. French
Associate Research Analyst


Ryan French is an expert on India and Pakistan, and his research focuses on issues of strategic stability, deterrence, and escalation. He is also experienced in wargame design, development, and adjudication.

Prior to joining CNA, French worked at the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College, where he tracked geopolitical and military affairs in Asia and supported wargames such as the GLOBAL series and Indo-Pakistani crisis simulation exercises. Previously he worked with the Center on Contemporary Conflict at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, as well as the World Policy Institute in New York and the Carter Center in Atlanta.

His research has appeared in Strategic Studies Quarterly and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, with commentaries in War on the Rocks and the World Policy Journal Blog. He has delivered presentations at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association and various other academic conferences and workshops.

French holds an M.A. in Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and an A.B. in International Affairs from the University of Georgia.


July 11, 2017

CNA analyst Ryan French presented a working paper on the history of exercise BALTOPS at a NATO-sponsored conference in Brussels, Belgium, organized by the University of Reading.

June 21, 2017

At a naval history workshop organized by the Center for Maritime Strategy & Security at the University of Kiel, CNA analyst Ryan French delivered a presentation titled, "Exercise BALTOPS: A Historical and Strategic Assessment"

May 1, 2017

CNA analyst Ryan French presented during CIMSEC's 2017 Forum for Authors and Readers on "Naval Coercion and Escalation Control in South Asia"

February 24, 2017

At the annual convention of the International Studies Association in Baltimore, CNA analyst Ryan French presented a paper titled, "Constructing Cooperation: A New Approach to Confidence Building Between India and Pakistan"