( President )

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Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan (Retd)

Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan (Retd) took over as President Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) on 13 September 2021. After graduating from Government College Faisalabad, he joined PAF and was commissioned in GD (P) Branch of the PAF, in March 1977. After commissioning, he served as a fighter pilot in various frontline fighter squadrons and flew over 3400 hrs on combat and trainer aircraft of PAF. 2

During his service, he remained on various important command and staff appointments. His command assignments included command of a fighter squadron, a fighter wing and an operational PAF airbase. His appointments at Air Headquarters included Additional Director General (ADG) Air Force Strategic Command, Chief Project Director of JF-17 program and Vice Chief of the Air Staff, an appointment he held till his retirement in July 2013. He has also served as Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Board (PACB) at Kamra. He has been President Ski Federation of Pakistan, on CAA Board and Chairman Monitoring Committee of Islamabad and Multan Airports. The Air Marshal has also served as Pakistan’s Air Attaché at New Delhi, India.

Air Marshal Farhat has qualified various professional courses including Combat Commanders’ Course, Air War Course and National Defence Course. He holds two Master’s degrees, one from the University of Karachi and one in Defence and Strategic Studies from the National Defence University, Islamabad.

He is the co-author of two books “The Aviation City” and “Milestones” about the growth of military aviation industry in Pakistan and its way forward. After retirement from service, given his immense engineering management expertise, he started work on building Pakistan’s Aircraft Manufacturing Industries with a civilian partner in the private sector. He is the sitting Chairman of Scaled Aviation Pvt Ltd, the first and only aircraft manufacturing industry in Pakistan, presently engaged in manufacturing two-seat trainers, and has ventured into designing a purely indigenous six-seat aircraft.

He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat.



DIRECTOR

( International Relations & Foreign Policies )

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Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani (Retd)

Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani has 38 years of bilateral and multilateral experience as a career diplomat, having served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Belgium, Luxemburg and the E.U, and Australia. Ambassador Jilani also served as the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, the top civil service official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A specialist in South Asian affairs, Ambassador Jilani has worked as Director General for South Asia and SAARC, Deputy/Acting High Commissioner to India and Director (India) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2018, the Government of Pakistan nominated Ambassador Jilani as member of the Experts and Eminent Persons Group (EEP) of the ASEAN Regional Forum and later in 2019, as member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs. Most recently, Ambassador Jilani has served as a Senior Fellow at both the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

 

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Diplomatic and Professional Experience

May 2019 -  Oct 2019     Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C., USA
Jan 2019  -  Present       Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
Oct 2018  -  Mar 2019    Senior Fellow, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, United Kingdom
Jan 2018  -  Present       Experts & Eminent Persons Group, ASEAN Regional Forum
Dec 2013 -  Mar 2017    Ambassador to the United States, Embassy of Pakistan, Washington, D.C., USA
Feb 2012 -  Dec 2013    Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
Dec 2009 -  Jan 2012    Ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg & the European Union, Embassy of Pakistan, Brussels, Belgium
June 2007-  Nov 2009   High Commissioner to Australia, High Commission of Pakistan, Canberra, Australia
Mar 2005  -  Mar 2006   Foreign Office Spokesman (concurrently as D.G South Asia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
Feb 2003  -  May 2007   Director General, South Asia and SAARC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
June 1999 - Feb 2003    Deputy High Commissioner/High Commissioner to India, High Commission of Pakistan, New Delhi, India
June 1995 - May 1999    Minister, Political Affairs & Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Pakistan, Washington, D.C, USA
May 1992  - May 1995    Director, India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan
Sept 1988 - May 1992     Deputy Secretary, Prime Minister Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Sept 1985 - Aug 1988     First Secretary, High Commission of Pakistan, London, U.K
Mar 1983  - Aug 1985     Second Secretary, Embassy of Pakistan, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Sept 1982 - Mar 1983     Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Pakistan, Sana’a, Yemen



DIRECTOR

( National Security )

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Air Marshal Waseem ud din (Retd)

Air Marshal (Retd) Waseem ud din is director 'Aerospace and Policy' at Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies Islamabad (CASS). He is a graduate of Combat Commanders School, Turkish Armed Forces Staff College and Royal College of Defense Studies (United Kingdom). He holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from King's College London. In his 40 years of illustrious career as a fighter pilot with Pakistan Air force, the Air Marshal flew various top of the line fighter aircraft and served in senior command and staff assignments. These include Director General Air force Strategic Command (AFSC), Air Officer Commanding Air Defense Command (ADC), Deputy Chief of Air Staff Administration and Deputy Chief of Staff Operations.

His specialist areas of research include strategic deterrence mechanisms, space, defense and foreign policy formulation. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Air Marshal has been decorated with the distinguished awards of, Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat.



DIRECTOR

( Emerging Technologies, Global Conferences )

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Air Marshal M. Ashfaque Arain (Retd)

Air Marshal (Retd) M Ashfaque Arain is director 'Strategic Defence and Security' at Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies Islamabad (CASS). He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, PAF Air War College and National Defence Univeristy. He holds a Master's Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies from Air War College (AWC) and a Master's Degree in War Studies from National Defense University (NDU), Islamabad. In his 41 years of illustrious career as a fighter pilot with Pakistan Air force, the Air Marshal flew various top of the line fighter aircraft with a singular honour of being first PAF pilot to achieve 2000 hours on the F-16 aircraft. During his career, he has served in senior command and staff assignments including command of a fighter squadron, an operational base, Air Adviser Pakistan’s High Commission in New Delhi, Chief Project director Horizon, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans), Director General Air force Strategic Command (AFSC), Director General Projects, and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Administration).

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His specialist areas of research include India-Pakistan relations, strategic defence and security, nuclear deterrence, air power employment, and unconventional warfare. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Air Marshal has been decorated with the distinguished awards of, Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat.



DIRECTOR

( Economic Affairs & National Development )

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Dr. Usman W Chohan

Dr. Usman W. Chohan is an international economist and academic who serves as Director of Economic Affairs and National Development at CASS. He is among the Top 10 Business Authors (out of 12,000 authors) on the Social Science Research Network, which is the largest open repository of knowledge in the world. He has published three books in the past three years: Public Value & Budgeting: International Perspectives, Reimagining Public Managers: Delivering Public Value, and Public Value and the Digital Economy. In the academic realm, his research has been cited widely, as for example in the World Trade Organization, the European Parliament, the National Bureau of Economic Research, IEEE, and the OECD, among many others, and Dr. Chohan has testified before various authorities based on his technical expertise. Dr. Chohan’s forthcoming fourth book is titled Pandemics and Public Value Management

 



DIRECTOR

( Warfare & Aerospace )

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Air Vice Marshal Faheem Ullah Malik (Retd)

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Faheem Ullah Malik is a Director at Centre of Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) dealing with IR, National and International Security Affairs and Latest Technological Trends. He joined the team of CASS scholars in Feb, 2020; after serving more than 32 years as an active duty Force fighter pilot, retiring as an Air Vice Marshal. A graduate of PAAK, Risalpur in 1987, He holds a Masters in War Studies from the PAF War College and a degree in National Security and War Course from National Defence University. During his career, besides active flying duty in different fighter Sqns on various types of fighter aircraft, plus staff duties at Regional Command / Headquarters; he served for about three years in KSA as Commander of PAF Contingent to Royal Saudi Air Force and almost a year in China. Additionally, he represented PAF at multiple training and professional forums in more than 20 countries in different capacities. He was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Mily) for his services to the PAF. He has commanded a fighter Squadron, fighter Wing and fighter Base; and his last appointment was Deputy President of prestigious National Defence University, Islamabad. Most recently, he was performing as Advisor to President NDU, before joining CASS

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DIRECTOR

( Strategic Defense, Security & Policy )

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Syed Muhammad Ali

Syed Muhammad Ali is a well-known international policy analyst. He has rich experience of high-level multilateral and bilateral negotiations on strategic, nuclear and security issues with the US, China and India. His work on foreign, security, nuclear and energy policies has been published and quoted in world's leading think tanks such as the Brookings Institute, CSIS, IISS and RUSI and prestigious publications including Brookings Arms Control & Non-Proliferation Series, Non-Proliferation Review and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

He has lectured at the world's top policy forums including Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, USA; Brookings Institution, Washington, USA; Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra, Australia; Pugwash Conferences, Italy, IISS, London and Tsinghua University, Beijing. He presented Pakistan’s perspective on energy security before DG IAEA during his Pakistan visit. In addition, he has advised and spoken before Pakistan’s Parliamentary Committees on critical national security issues, drafted several parliamentary resolutions on key foreign and security issues and reviewed the performance of Pakistan’s parliamentary committees. He has authored, edited and co-authored several policy papers, book chapters and books on foreign, security, energy and nuclear policy, strategy and doctrines. He has led, advised, pioneered and served on the board of several think tanks. He also teaches at the National Defence University, Foreign Service Academy, Air War College, Command & Staff College, Quetta and Pakistan Institute of Applied Sciences. He is a frequent analyst on major global and regional affairs on international media including BBC, Voice of America, TRT, Al-Jazeera, Arab News, Press TV, PTV World and several others. Earlier, he has served at PwC, the world's leading consultancy firm and managed Cross Media Ltd, a London-based international media company. He has also served at VOA, Washington and PTV World, Islamabad.

 



DIRECTOR

( Peace & Conflict Studies )

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Dr Zia Ul Haque Shamsi

Dr Zia Ul Haque Shamsi did his PhD in Strategic Studies from National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad. He has a diverse professional, academic and management experience. Retired from Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Shamsi has lived and experienced the cultures of Australia, South Africa, Qatar, and Pakistan. He has a vast experience of independently conducting research related to contemporary national security, nuclear politics, arms control and disarmament affairs, peace and conflict studies, and strategic management issues. Thinks analytically and generates new ideas to introduce changes in the organization that bring positive and qualitative changes in the working environment as well as the well-being of the personnel. He is skilled in designing courses on National Security, Strategic Studies, Crisis and Conflict Management, Leadership & Management, Hybrid War, and Defense Acquisition Management.

Dr Shamsi has authored a book ‘Nuclear Deterrence and Conflict Management Between India and Pakistan’ published by Peter Lang, New York, USA. He has also authored the translation of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War in Urdu. He regularly writes opinion articles for the Pakistani newspapers, both in English and Urdu, and regularly appears on National TV networks in Current Affairs Programmes.

 

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Administration

DIRECTOR

( Coord & Admin )

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Air Commodore Tanveer Piracha

Air Commodore Tanveer Piracha is Director Coord & Admin at Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies Islamabad (CASS). He holds a Master's Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies from University of New South Wales, Australia and also from Air War College. He holds a Master's Degree in War Studies from NDU, China. In his 29 years of illustrious career as a fighter pilot with Pakistan Air force, the Air Commodore flew various top of the line fighter aircraft. He is a qualified flying instructor & graduate of Combat Commanders School. During his career, he has served in various Command and Staff positions including commanding of Operational Flying Squadron and Operational Base. The Air Commodore has been decorated with the distinguished award of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (M).



Front Desk Officer

( Front Desk Officer )

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Mariam Siddiqui

Mariam Siddiqui is currently working as a Front Desk Officer at Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies . She has obtained a Masters Degree in Managment Sciences from COMSATS University, Islamabad. Her areas of interest are economics, leadership and management.

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Senior Editor / Research Fellow

( Senior Editor )

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Sarah Siddiq Aneel

Sarah Siddiq Aneel is Senior Editor at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan. She has nearly two decades of project management, research, publishing, social media and journal management experience in the development sector of Pakistan.

Before joining CASS, she was spearheading the Publications & Media team at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI). In this capacity, she was also Editor of the Web of Science ESCI-indexed IPRI Journal and the Journal of Current Affairs as well as part of organizational governance.

With more than 40 edited anthologies to her credit – her most recent publications include Sustainable Development in a Digital Society (2021); Corridors of Knowledge for Peace and Development (2020); Conflict and Cooperation in South Asia: Role of Major Powers (2019) as well as The Kaleidoscope That Is Pakistan (2019) launched by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. She remains on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Development Policy, Research & Practice, and the Paradigms - Journal of Commerce, Economics and Social Sciences.

Ms Aneel’s portfolio also includes strategic management of long-term multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Pakistan Environment Program (PEP) – a Canadian-funded national-level environmental initiative of the Government of Pakistan, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). She has also worked on child sexual abuse and gender-based violence at Rozan for several years.

A Chevening Fellow (2008) in ‘Governance and Environmental Democracy’ and LUMS-McGill Fellow (2005-06) in ‘Social Enterprise Development’, she has a Masters in English Literature, and has also studied Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Practices from the Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA.



Senior Researcher

( Senior Researcher )

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Sitara Noor

Sitara Noor is a senior researcher at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan. She is also a South Asian Voices Visiting Fellow 2019-2020 at the Stimson Centre, Washington DC. Previously, Sitara was a Research Fellow at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non Proliferation (VCDNP) in Vienna, Austria (2016-17). Prior to joining the VCDNP, she worked at the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority as an International Relations Analyst. She has served as a faculty member at the National University of Modern Languages for two years. She was also a visiting faculty at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the Foreign Services Academy of Pakistan, and the Information Services Academy of Pakistan.

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Senior Researcher

( Senior Researcher )

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Asad Ullah Khan

Asad Ullah Khan is a Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS), Islamabad. His area of research is national Security and counter terrorism. He represented Pakistan on various national and international forums on the subject matter. He is the author of numerous research articles, book chapters and opinion articles in reputed journals, books and magazines in the domain of countering violent extremism (CVE). Previously, he was associated with the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) for six years. Recently, he has published his work in a book launched by International Center for Counter Terrorism in Hague, Netherlands.



Researchers

Researcher

( International Relations & Security Affairs )

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Zuhaib Anwar

Zuhaib Anwar is working as a researcher at Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS). He holds MPhil degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. His areas of interest are politics of Middle East and Afghanistan, and civil military relations of Pakistan



Researcher

( National Security Outlook & Academic Coord )

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Abdullah Rehman Butt

Abdullah Rehman Butt is working as a researcher at Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS). He holds an MPhil degree in Strategic and Nuclear Studies from National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad with majors in Global Politics, Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Stability in South Asia. He has previously worked at the Institute of Strategic Studies Research and Analysis (ISSRA), NDU. His areas of interest are space law, nuclear deterrence in South Asia, and shifting trends in world order.

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Researcher

( Nuclear & Strategic Affairs )

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Etfa Khurshid Mirza

Etfa Khurshid Mirza works as a Researcher at Centre for Aerospace &  Security Studies (CASS). She is a graduate of National Defence University, Islamabad, from the Strategic Studies department. Her area of specialization is nuclear and strategic affairs.



Researcher

( Technical & Industry )

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Amna Tauhidi

Amna Tauhidi is working as a Researcher at Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies. She holds an MPhil degree in Government and Public Policy from National Defence University. Her masters is in International Relations. She holds a distinction in Political Science from Punjab University and has teaching experience, as well. Her areas of interest include national, economic and governance challenges.

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Researcher

( National Security Outlook & Academic Coord )

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Shaza Arif

Shaza Arif is a student of Defence and Diplomatic Studies at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. She has also participated in an international workshop entitled Commonwealth Futures : Re-imaging Peace at Durban University of Technology, South Africa in March 2020. Her areas of interest are Space, Artificial Intelligence and Strategy . She writes opinion articles on issues related to politics, modern warfare and strategy.



Researcher

( Technical & Industry )

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Maheen Shafeeq

Maheen Shafeeq is a graduate of The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with majors in International Relations from Bahria University Islamabad.

She has one and a half years of teaching experience at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Bahria University and School of Politics and International Relations Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. Previously she has worked with the Ministry of Reforms and Development, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan.

She is an active member of Chatham House Royal institution of International Affairs London, International Political Science Association Australia, and Asia-Europe Foundation ASEF. She is also serving in the capacity of Deputy Head at International Association for Political Science Students IAPSS (Netherlands).

Her research area includes International Relations, Ethics of Warfare, Politics of International Migration, Political Economy of Globalization, Nationalism, Diplomacy, Future Technology and Aviation Industry.

She is a professional photographer and has worked with football clubs in the UK such as Manchester United, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.

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Researcher

( Economic Affairs & National Development )

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Muhammad Mubashir Ehsan

Muhammad Mubashir Ehsan is a graduate of the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom (UK). He holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance and Economics. As a researcher, he has worked on different evaluation studies focusing on peace and development across Pakistan. Furthermore, he has designed projects and studies related to financial inclusion and the effects of microfinance on women empowerment. Moreover, he has also worked at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms as Research Fellow, where his focus was the digital economy of Pakistan. He has also contributed to the development of knowledge products, including a start-up toolkit, baseline study for microfinance institutions, advocacy campaigns and qualitative research reports. His areas of interest include the digital economy as a growth driver for developing economies, financial inclusion, and service delivery in developing countries. Mubashir is also a social entrepreneur and co-founded a startup in the UK which aimed at providing skill development opportunities to youth.



Researcher

( Foreign Policies )

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Maham Shahid Gillani

Maham S. Gillani is an expert on politics, peace and security in South Asia. Having a master’s degree in International Relations, she has been working at various public and private organisations in Islamabad. Besides, she has pursued several short courses on national security as well as peace and conflict in Pakistan and abroad. She is an avid reader and writes on issues pertaining to Pakistan’s foreign policy, South Asian politics and security, peace and conflict transformation, as well as society and gender.

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Moiz Khan

Moiz Khan is a Researcher at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS), Islamabad. He is a graduate of the Defense & Strategic Studies Department at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. His research focuses on the intersection of military strategy, technology, aerospace and cyber warfare, weapons of mass destruction, and arms control. Prior to joining CASS, Mr Khan served as a Fellow with the Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad (SSII), working on issues related to Nuclear Politics & Strategy, and Arms Control and Disarmament (AC&D). He has also worked as an intern at the Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs Directorate in the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), Pakistan.

 



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Sundas Shafeeq

Ms Sundas Shafeeq is working as a Researcher at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies, Islamabad. She is a graduate in Social Sciences with majors in Development Studies from Bahria University, Islamabad. Her areas of interest include Artificial Intelligence, national development, and non-traditional security threats.

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Haris Bilal Malik

Mr Haris Bilal Malik is a Researcher at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS), Islamabad. He holds an MPhil degree in International Relations from the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad, Pakistan. His area of research is regional and international security. He has published numerous opinion-based commentaries and policy analyses in reputed national dailies and international magazines/blogs in the domain of South Asian Security, with a special focus on nuclear security. He has also co-authored a research paper titled ‘The Evolved Security Dynamics of South Asia: Challenges to Pakistan’s Nuclear Threshold’ published in Insight Turkey (HEC-recognized X-category journal; IF 0.328) in 2020. Previously, he was associated with Islamabad-based institutions including Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Muslim Youth University (MYU), and the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI)



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Khansa Qureshi

Ms Khansa Qureshi is working as a Researcher at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS), Islamabad. She holds BS (Hons.) degree in Strategic Studies from the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad, Pakistan. Her areas of research interest include great power rivalries, geopolitics, political violence, and nuclear and strategic affairs. Before joining CASS, she was working with the Indus News Network as an Associate Editor.

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