Afeera Firdous is an independent analyst based in Islamabad. She has done her M.Phil. from Department of Strategic Studies, National Defence University Islamabad. She previously worked as a Research Lead with a digital media channel, Pakistan Now. She also hosted the Pakistan Pivot podcast for Pakistan Now. She is also Non-Resident Research Fellow at Africa-Asia Dialogue (South Africa) and Center for Security Studies Policy and Research (University of Lahore). Her areas of research include counter terrorism and extremism, non-proliferation and disarmament issues, cybersecurity and AI.