Saira Bano is a lecturer at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. She completed her doctorate in the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. She is the recipient of a doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, a graduate research award by the Simons Foundation, and the Kodikara Award by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka. She was a visiting research fellow at the Stimson Center. Her research focuses on the nuclear nonproliferation regime, nuclear weapons issues in South Asia, and international relations theories.