Dr. Shahzad Akhtar
Dr.Shahzad Akhtar is an Assistant Professor in the School of Integrated Social Sciences at the University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations and an M.A. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research and teaching are focused on insurgency, counterinsurgency and terrorism. His work has published in The Third World Quarterly and Asian Survey.
Dr. Kishwar Munir
Dr. Kishwar Munir holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Punjab University, Pakistan, focusing on electoral politics and voting behavior. She is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Integrated Social Science & Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Strategy and Policy Research at the University of Lahore. Currently, she is a Charles Wallace Fellow at London School of Economics where she is working on “Water Issues between Pakistan and India: Implications for Regional Security and Peace Process”. She has been a Visiting Fellow at The Stimson Center, Washington DC (July 2017), and has recently co-authored (with Iram Khalid) an article on judicial activism in Pakistan in South Asian Studies. Kishwar’s research interests include voting behavior, CPEC, terrorism, insurgency, regional and global security, and domestic politics in Pakistan.
Shahneela Tariq Shahneela Tariq is a Lecturer in the School of Integrated Social Sciences. She has over seven years of experience in marketing and communications, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Kinnaird College for Women Lahore. Shahneela has also worked as the Country Coordinator of Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health in Geneva, where she previously worked as communications trainee to build collaborations with international organizations and educational institutes in Europe and Central Asia. She also made a statement during 31st Human Rights Council on Waterborne diseases.
Iqra Javed, Iqra Javed is a lecturer in the School of Integrated Social Sciences and a Research Associate in CSSPR. She has M.Phil in Political Science form Kinnaird College for Women Lahore. Her research work focused on politics of the local body system…Full Profile[/one_third]
Syed Ali Zia Jaffery is the Deputy Director of the Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore, and Associate Editor of Pakistan Politico Ali was a Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center, Washington, D.C. Ali regularly writes on strategic issues for national and international publications, to include Routledge, South Asian Voices , The National Interest, The Atlantic Council, CSIS, Daily Times, and The News, among others. Ali is an alumnus of Woodrow Wilson Center’s Nuclear Proliferation History Project Nuclear History Boot Camp. His research interests lie in the fields of nuclear deterrence, strategic stability, and geopolitics. He is teaching undergraduate level courses on foreign policy, national security, arms control& disarmament, and non-proliferation, since 2018.
Waqas Iqbal has a keen interest in Pakistan’s internal and external geo-strategic landscape. His focus ranges from security to foreign policy in the context of current regional and global political scenarios. Apart from Pakistan, his articles also reflect a sharp insight on multiple regional and global issues like international security paradigm, cyber security, international law, international political economy, South Asian affairs and issues related to global South vis-à-vis role of UNO and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He obtained Master’s Degree in International Relations (IR) from the University of Balochistan, Quetta. As the founding director of IR Academy for CSS, he has effectively mentored aspirants for superior administrative services in Pakistan He is also working as Associate Editor of Pakistan’s first foreign and strategic affairs magazine i.e. Pakistan Politico and had also been a freelance journalist. Currently, Waqas is working as a Research Associate at the Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research (CSSPR) at the University of Lahore. As a visiting faculty member at the School of Integrated Social Sciences (SISS) University of Lahore, he teaches Comparative Politics.
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Amber Safdar Amber Safdar is a Lecturer in the School of Integrated Social Sciences, University of Lahore. She has completed her B.A Honors in Political Science, KInnaird College Lahore. She received an M.phil Degree in Public Administration, University of Punjab.
Aizaz Hussain is a Research Associate at the Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research (CSSPR). He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science with a specialization in Comparative Politics from the Central European University (Vienna, Austria). His academic and research interests include terrorism, hybrid regimes in modern times, nationalism, populism, and theories of non-violence. His graduate thesis was a scoping study focused on terrorism studies conducted by Pakistani scholars and their interplay with terrorism incidents in Pakistan. Prior to this, he obtained his BSc (Honors) degree in Political Science from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research work during his bachelor’s program was on Sindhi nationalism and its convergence or divergence with Pakistani nationalism.
Before joining UOL, Aizaz served as a Policy Consultant with the Strategic Policy Planning Cell at the National Security Division, Office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He has also worked as a Researcher at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI).
He writes a regular column for Bol weekly magazine.
Afeera Firdous is a Non-Resident Research Fellow at CSSPR. She has done her postgraduate from National Defence University Islamabad. She worked as Lead Researcher at a digital media company, Pakistan Now. Before joining Pakistan Now, she worked at the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) as an Associate Researcher. Her research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, strategic issues of South Asian region, counter-extremis and -terrorism, cybersecurity, fake news, and disinformation campaigns
Uswa Khan is a Non-Resident Junior Fellow at CSSPR. She is an Erasmus Mundus Scholar currently pursuing her International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies from University of Glasgow (UK), Dublin City University (Ireland), and Charles University (Czech Republic) under the Erasmus+: EMJMD Partner Country fully-funded Scholarship. She has done her Bachelor’s in Strategic Studies from National Defence University, Islamabad. She has completed a research-based internship at the National Assembly Secretariat, Islamabad and served as a Fellow in CSSPR’s Nuclear Scholars Initiative, 2021. Her area of interest lies in Counter-terrorism, the geopolitics of the South-Asian region and emerging security threats.