Sameer Lalwani — Editor, Investigating Crises; Author,
Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Associate and Co-Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center where he researches deterrence, strategic competition, and counter-insurgency. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University (GWU) and was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. Lalwani completed his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Political Science where he was an affiliate of its Security Studies Program. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the British Archives. His work has been published by Security Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CTC Sentinel, The New York Times, RAND, the Cato Institute, Sage, and Oxford University Press. He has had scholarly affiliations with GWU’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Lahore University of Management Sciences, New America, the Tobin Project, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Center for New American Security.
Hannah Haegeland — Editor, Investigating Crises; Author,
Hannah Haegeland is a Research Analyst in the Stimson Center's South Asia Program working on nuclear security, crisis escalation and management, and regional politics. Haegeland’s analysis has been featured in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, Defense One, The National Interest, Arms Control Wonk, The Daily O, and The Diplomat. She originally joined Stimson as a Scoville Peace Fellow in 2015. Previously she was a Boren Fellow at the Indian trust no man's land and a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal. Haegeland completed her M.A. in South Asian Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. She has been a Gorton International Policy Center Global Leaders Fellow, Conlon Fellow, and four-time winner of the U.S. Department of Education's Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Urdu and Hindi. Haegeland earned a B.A. in history and English literature from Concordia College, Moorhead.
Saikat Datta — Author,
Saikat Datta is the South Asia Editor of Asia Times and a Policy Director with the Centre for Internet and Society, where he researches and implements projects related to intelligence, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism. He is a former Editor (National Security) of Hindustan Times, India’s second-largest newspaper, and has been a journalist for over 20 years.
Olivia “Liv” Dowling — Author,
Liv Dowling was a Research Associate in the Stimson Center's South Asia Program. Her research interests include South Asian nuclear stability, defense cooperation, strategic cultures, and U.S. relations with the subcontinent. Before joining Stimson, Liv interned in the Office of India Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, served as an American India Foundation fellow in Gujarat, and conducted independent research on Indian domestic politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She holds a M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Yale University.
Riaz Mohammad Khan — Author,
Riaz Khan is a former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan. He also served as his country's Ambassador to China, the European Union, Belgium, and Kazakhstan and in assignments dealing with issues related to the United Nations, Afghanistan, and arms control. In his capacity as Foreign Secretary, he led the Pakistan side of the Pakistan-India Composite Dialogue (2005-8) and Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue (2006-8). He also served as Special Envoy for backchannel diplomacy with India (2009-13), on the Pakistan delegation to the Geneva Proximity Talks on Afghanistan (1982-88), and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. He has authored several books, including Untying the Afghan Knot: Negotiating Soviet Withdrawal (Duke University Press, 1991) and Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism and Resistance to Modernity (John Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2011).
Zafar Khan — Author,
Zafar Khan is the author of Pakistan’s Nuclear Policy: A Minimum Credible Deterrence (Routledge, 2015). Currently, he serves as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Islamabad. His research interests include nonproliferation, nuclear strategy, security studies, the Asia-Pacific, cyber studies, foreign policy, and international relations theory. His papers have appeared in various national and international peer-reviewed journals. Khan completed his Ph.D. in Strategic and Nuclear Strategy at the University of Hull, U.K.
Michael Krepon — Author,
Michael Krepon received the Carnegie Endowment's Thérèse Delpech Memorial Award in 2015 for lifetime achievement in nongovernmental work to reduce nuclear dangers. Krepon co-founded the Stimson Center in 1989, served as Stimson’s President and CEO until 2000, and continues to direct Stimson’s programming on nuclear and space issues. He was appointed the University of Virginia’s Diplomat Scholar, where he taught from 2001-10. He is the author and editor of 21 books, most recently The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: From the First to the Second Nuclear Age (Stimson Center, 2016). He worked previously at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the U.S. State Department’s Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Carter Administration, and on Capitol Hill.
Ruhee Neog — Author,
Ruhee Neog is the Director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and the coordinator of its Nuclear Security Programme. Her research focuses on nuclear politics and strategy within the broader ambit of foreign and security policy analysis. She serves as Visiting Faculty at the Bureau of Police Research and Development’s Central Detective Training School, where she has held lectures on intelligence and diplomacy. Ruhee worked on India’s pursuit of Nuclear Suppliers Group membership as a 2017 Stimson Center South Asian Voices Visiting Fellow. As a 2016 Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies–Nuclear Threat Initiative (IPCS-NTI) Fellow, she conducted research on nuclear security culture and governance in India. Before her IPCS-NTI fellowship, Neog worked in the United Kingdom as a Political and Parliamentary Monitor at the Houses of Lords and Commons. She holds a M.A. in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Literature in English from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.
Iskander Rehman — Author,
Iskander Rehman is the Senior Fellow for International Relations at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University. His research spans a range of Asian security issues, including the India-China security relationship, Australian defense strategy, and naval nuclear dynamics in the Indo-Pacific. Rehman has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, German Marshall Fund, Observer Research Foundation, and Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. His writings are featured and cited in numerous outlets, including the Naval War College Review, India Review, Asian Security, War on the Rocks, The Guardian, The Economist, The Indian Express, and Le Monde. Rehman holds a B.A., M.S., M.Res., and Ph.D. in Political Science (with distinction and a specialization in Asia Studies) from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).
Shyam Saran — Author,
Shyam Saran is a former Foreign Secretary of India and has served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change. After leaving government service in 2010, he headed the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a prestigious think tank focusing on economic issues (2011-17), and was Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board under the National Security Council (2013-15). Saran is currently a Life Trustee of the India International Centre, Member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Policy Research, Trustee at the World Wildlife Fund (India), and Member of the Executive Council of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He recently published a book, How India Sees the World (Juggernaut Books, 2017). In 2011, Saran was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India, for his contributions to civil service.
Yun Sun — Author,
Yun Sun is a Senior Associate in the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and China's relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. From 2011 to early 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Yun was the China Analyst for the International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing on China's foreign policy toward conflict countries and the developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on U.S.-Asia relations in Washington, D.C., for five years. Yun earned a M.I.P.P. from the George Washington University, as well as a M.A. in Asia Pacific studies and a B.A. in International Relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.