Dr Rabia Akhtar is the founding Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore. She is also the founding Director of the School of Integrated Social Sciences at the University of Lahore, Pakistan. She holds a PhD in Security Studies from Kansas State University. She is a Fulbright alumna (2010-2015). Dr Akhtar received her master’s in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and her master’s in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, USA. She has written extensively on South Asian nuclear security and deterrence dynamics. She is the author of a book titled ‘The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton’. Dr Akhtar is also the Editor of Pakistan Politico, Pakistan’s first strategic and foreign affairs magazine. She was a member of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs from 2018-2022. Dr Akhtar is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the South Asia Center, Atlantic Council, Washington DC.