Tristan Volpe is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at George Washington University. In May 2013, Tristan began a two-year residence at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as a Lawrence Scholar Predoctoral Fellow. His dissertation research answers two central questions about nuclear latency and coercive threats. Why do states wait in a proliferation danger zone for long periods of time? When does nuclear latency offer coercive blackmail benefits? His research received additional support from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at Monterey.