South Asian Voices Visiting Fellows Asma Khalid, Chirayu Thakkar, Fizza Batool, and Saurav Sarkar present their research and policy recommendations on some of the subcontinent’s most pertinent strategic issues. These presentations are the result of a year-long fellowship with the Stimson Center South Asia Program. Fellows will examine the changing deterrence landscape in South Asia, U.S.-India cooperation in multilateral institutions, the role of Pakistani political parties in the Afghanistan peace process, and the potential impact of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) on intra-Afghan negotiations.
Asma Khalid, Research Associate, Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research
Asma Khalid is a Research Associate with the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research in Islamabad. Previously, she was associated with Islamabad Policy Institute (2019-2020) and Strategic Vision Institute in Islamabad (2016-18). She holds an MPhil degree in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University.
Chirayu Thakkar, Doctoral Candidate in International Relations, National University of Singapore
Chirayu Thakkar is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the National University of Singapore. He graduated with graduate degrees in Modern South Asian Studies from the University of Oxford and Political Science from Central European University. He is simultaneously working for the Margaret Anstee Center, University of Cambridge as an independent researcher on India’s foreign aid to Africa.
Fizza Batool, Doctoral Candidate in International Relations, University of Karachi
Fizza Batool is a doctoral candidate in the Department of International Relations at the University of Karachi in Pakistan. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Iqra University and has recently served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD).
Saurav Sarkar, Research Associate, Centre for Air Power Studies
Saurav Sarkar is a Research Associate at the Center for Air Power Studies, New Delhi working on terrorism, militancy, and conflicts in South Asia. Previously, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi on China’s submarine capabilities.
Brigitta Schuchert, Research Associate and Managing Editor of South Asian Voices, Stimson Center (Moderator)
Brigitta Schuchert is a Research Associate with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center, as well as the Managing Editor for South Asian Voices. She graduated with a Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She holds a BA in Religious Studies from Bryn Mawr College.
Stimson South Asia Program Visiting Fellows represent a diversity of perspectives and experience. As members of a term academic program, their writing and views do not necessarily represent those of the South Asia Program or of the Stimson Center.
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