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Dr. Tahir Mahmood Azad is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS), War Studies Department, King’s College London.

Azad also has a Postdoctoral/ Honourary Visiting Fellow position at the School of Politics & International Relations, University of Leicester, UK.

Azad has worked as a Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) Pakistan. Azad has also served as a Visiting Faculty Member at Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan, where he taught courses on International Security Affairs.

Previously, Azad has held fellowships at the Sandia National Laboratories , USA, the SPAIS / Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol, the Center for International Trade & Security (CITS), University of Georgia, USA, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland, the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) Stockholm, Sweden, and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany.

Azad holds a PhD degree from the Department of Strategic & Nuclear Studies, National Defence University (NDU) Islamabad, Pakistan. Previously, he obtained M.Phil. degree with distinction from the same department and M.Sc. in Defence & Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Research Interests

  •  Nuclear [Weapon] Safety & Security and Terrorism
  •  Nuclear Technology and Weapon Modernization.
  • Global Nuclear Issues
  • South Asian Nuclear Politics and Nuclear Strategies
  • Missile Proliferation
  • Cyber-Nuclear Security
  • NATO Nuclear Strategy
  • Pakistan’s Domestic Politics
  • War in Afghanistan


“India's Brinkmanship in Nuclear Policy: The Fall Out Goes too Far!” ISPR, Hilal Magazine, May 2017,'s-brinkmanship-in-nuclear-policy:-the-fall-out-goes-too-far!/NTk2.html .

“Donald Trump and US Nuclear Security Agenda,” ISSI Issue Brief, March 15, 2017, .

“Pakistan-Russia Strategic Partnership: New Horizons for Cooperation,” ISSI Issue Brief, December 26, 2016, .

“India’s Expansionist Nuclear Ambition,” ISPR, Hilal Magazine, Nov. 2016.’s-expansionist-nuclear-ambition/Njg4.html .

Co-authored, “Pakistan’s Export Control Regime,” ISSI, Nuclear Paper Series, No.5, 2016.

“Maritime Security in 21st Century: Strategic and Conventional Options for Pakistan,” ISSI, Issue Brief, September 26, 2016, .

“Nuclear Powers & Terrorism: Implications for Indo-Pak Strategic Stability,” ISSI Journal, Vol. 36, Spring No. 1, 2016, .

Co-authored, “Pakistan and India: Non-Proliferation Credentials,” ISSI Nuclear Paper Series, No.2, 2016, .

“Pakistan: Misperceptions about Nuclear Stockpiles,” ISSI, Issues Brief, December 11, 2015,

“Nuclear Powers & Terrorism: Implications for Indo-Pak Strategic Stability,” Paper presented at RUSI-UK Program on Nuclear Issues 2015 Conference, London, June 04, 2015,

“Pakistan’s Nuclear Security: Separating Fact from Fear,” ISDP Stockholm, Policy Brief, No. 143, February 05, 2014.

“Tokyo, Seoul Hold 'Ugly' Nuclear Option,” Asia Times, May 23, 2013,

“Threats of Nuclear Terrorism: A Case Study of India,” ISDP Stockholm, Policy Brief, No. 120, April 4, 2013.