Name: Ms. Sadia Tasleem
Designation: Lecturer
Department: Defence and Strategic Studies


Phone: +92-51 9064-3186
Status: On Job
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Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

Evolution of ideas, Diffusion of knowledge, Nuclear Proliferation, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Issues, Hybrid Warfare and Strategic Stability, Nuclear Discourse and Nuclear Learning, Nuclear ’Nationalism,’ Strategic Culture, Norms, Social Movements etc. 


·         Sadia Tasleem, Indo-US Nuclear Cooperation: Altering Strategic Positioning & Shifting Balance of Power in South Asia (Colombo: Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, 2007). Available at

Research papers and articles

·         “No Indian BMD for No Pakistani MIRVs,” Stimson Center Off Ramps Initiative at

·         “Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine” at

·         “Regional Drivers of Pakistan’s Nuclear Outlook,” in Perspectives on the Evolving Nuclear Order edited by Toby Dalton, TogzhanKassenova, Lauryn Williams, available at  

·         Conceptualizing the Relationship Between Nuclear Learning and Doctrinal Thinking: Understanding the Pakistani Perspective and Assessing Deterrence Stability,” in Nuclear Learning in South Asia: The Next Decade, available at

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Creating a Constituency for Unilateral Nuclear Restraint in Pakistan: Prospects and Challenges,” (2015) at

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Diffusion of Nuclear Knowledge: Technology, Policy and Posture,” Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation (2013) at Also re-posted at

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Assessing Impact of Indo-US Strategic Partnership on Strategic Stability in South Asia,” Margalla Papers (2008).

·         Sadia Tasleem, “A.Q.Khan Conundrum Resurfaces: Need to Understand Challenges confronted by Nuclear ECRs Enhances,” Defence Journal 9:12 (July 2006).  

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Nuclear Export Control Regimes: A Critical Evaluation,” Defence Journal 9:11 (June 2006).

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Development of Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons Program: Setback for the Export Control Regimes,” Defence Journal 9:8 (March 2006).

·         Sadia Tasleem, “US Policies: Challenge to the Global Nonproliferation Regime,” Defence Journal 8:11 (June 2005). 


·         Sadia Tasleem, “Not war, not peace,” review of George Perkovich and Toby Dalton, Not War Not Peace: Motivating Pakistan to prevent cross-border terrorism, in Friday Times (14 October 2016) at Same review was also published as “Pulls and pressures in India and Pakistan,” IPCS (27 September 2016) at  

·         Review of “India’s Slow and Unstoppable Move to MIRV” by Rajesh Basrur and JaganathSankaran in The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: From the First to the Second Nuclear Age. My review was published as “MIRVing and Deterrence Challenges for India,” available at 

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Book Review: Deception: Pakistan, the United States and the Global Nuclear Weapons Conspiracy,” Margalla Papers (2007) at

Opinion Pieces& Commentaries

·       Sadia Tasleem, “RIP Credible Minimum Deterrence,” South Asian Voices (January 27, 2017) at                                                                                                                                     

Sad Tasleem, “Banning the Bomb: Pakistan’s Prospects,” South Asian Voices (December 13, 2016) at

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Measuring Fragility: A Case-study of Pakistan,” Fragile States Index 2016: A Review, 184 (September 9, 2016) at

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Deterring Nuclear Terrorism: Reflections from Islamabad,” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (June 5, 2013) at

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Silver linings, ominous clouds,” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (June 20, 2013)

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Flailing, but not failing,” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (July 11, 2013)

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Missing the forest for the trees,” South Asian Voices (September 5, 2013) at

·         Sadia Tasleem and S. Sasikumar, “Dare to Lead: Increasing Stability in South Asia,” INENS Insights 2 (2012)

·         Sadia Tasleem, “NASR (Hatf IX): What does it mean for Deterrence and Strategic Stability?,” Eurasia Review (April 26, 2011) at

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Towards an Indo-Pak Nuclear Lexicon: Minimum Credible Deterrence,” IPCS at Reprinted by The Daily Star, Dhaka as “Credibility of the Nuke Posture” at

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Islam Religion of Peace,” Pakistan Observer(March 19, 2004).

·         Sadia Tasleem, “Indo-Pak Relations: Urge for Cooperation,” Pakistan Observer(February 21, 2004). Reprinted by Pakistan Times(February 28, 2004). See at:

·         Sadia Tasleem, “SAARC Summit: Prospects for Central Asia,” Pakistan Observer(January 10, 2004). 

  • Senior leadership workshop at Pakistan Air Force Headquarters, “Competing Norms, Evolving Technologies and Changing Power Metrics: Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence in the Contemporary World,” September26, 2017. 
  • Global Zero Teach-In – Islamabad, “Living in the Nuclear Age: What does that mean for us as both Pakistanis and global citizens,”August 06, 2017.
  • Naval War College, Lahore, “Dynamics of Threat Perceptions: Identification and Misperception,” April 05, 2017.
  • Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference 2017,“Mainstreamed or Sidelined: Non-NPT States and the Nuclear Order,” March 20 – 21, 2017available at
  • Prague Agenda Conference 2016,“Putting the Prague Agenda in South Asian Context: Looking back, looking forward & beyond,” December 1 – 2, 2016 available at 
  • Cornell University, “A World with Low Nuclear Weapons: Regional Complications,” November 11 – 12, 2016. 
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,“Toil and Trouble: Debating Pakistan’s National Security,” November 9, 2016.
  • CSSPR-NPIHP International Conference on Nuclear History, “Challenges of Nuclear History Research in Pakistan,” October 30 – 31, 2016.
  • Senior leadership workshop at Pakistan Air Force Headquarters, “National Security Challenges and Role of Strategic Leadership,” August 22, 2016. 
  • Senior leadership workshop at Pakistan Air Force Headquarters, “Framing the problem right: A key to effective decision-making (Nuclear Deterrence, Strategic Stability and Contemporary Security Challenges: Questions for Leadership),” June 3, 2016.
  • NUST–NPS workshop on Nuclear Taboo and Norms in the Second Nuclear Age, “Historical and Cultural Perspectives on the Norm of Non-Use: Pakistan’s Case,” February 29, 2016.
  • Carnegie Tsinghua Center for Global Policy Beijing, “Normalizing Nuclear Pakistan,” January 28, 2016.
  • POSSE Author’s workshop Washington DC, “Strategic Stability: Understanding Pakistani perspective,” October 12 – 14, 2015.
  • Cornell University, “Arms Control in a New Era,” November 13 – 15, 2015.
  • University of Gujrat Pakistan,“Nonproliferation and Disarmament Education in Pakistan,” August 19, 2015.
  • Presented a paper on “Pakistan’s perspective of the Nuclear Order,” at the workshop on “Perspectives on the Evolving Nuclear Order,” organized by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Oslo, Norway (June 10 – 11, 2015).
  • Lecture series, “Nuclear Weapons in Pakistan’s Security: Is there room for alternative thinking,”Karachi University (January 28, 2015), Peshawar University (March 13, 2015), Punjab University(May 19, 2015) and Iqra University (June 2015)
  • Center for Nonproliferation Studies Washington DC, “Balance of Asymmetries and Deterrence Stability in South Asia,”July 3, 2014
  • Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation Workshop Washington DC, “Deep Power Asymmetries & the ‘Great Equalizer’: Evaluating Utility of Nuclear Weapons for Pakistan vis-à-vis the United States,” October 28, 2013.
  • Annual Convention of International Studies Association 2013, “Diffusion of Nuclear Knowledge: Technology, Policy and Posture (A Case-Study of Pakistan) at the San Francisco, April 02 – 06, 2013.
  • Nuclear Learning Workshop organized by NPS in Bangkok, “Nuclear Learning and Doctrinal Thinking: A Case-study of Pakistan,” May 21-24, 2012.
  • Conference on Future trends in South Asia organized by RAND Corporation in Dubai,“Strategic Trends in South Asia,” April11 – 13, 2012. 
  • Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace, Henry L. Stimson Center and Department of DSS at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad,“Pakistani Perspective of Challenges to Deterrence Stability” in the Conference titled “Challenges to Deterrence Stability in South Asia,” January 11 – 12, 2012.
  • Sandia National Laboratories,“Pakistani Perceptions of Indian Nuclear Capabilities,” October 20, 2010.
  • Stimson Center, Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace, ISSI, SASSI & Department of DSS, “Global Trends and Global Zero” in the Conference “Pakistan and the Emerging Nuclear Order,” June 10-11, 2010.
  • Foreign Services Academy Islamabad, Foreign Diplomats Course,“Nuclear & Disarmament Issues” and “Proliferation of WMD and Missile Technologies”, March 25, 2009.

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