Gillian Gayner

Research Associate

South Asia

Gillian Gayner is a Research Associate with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Her activities include: leading the development of the Program’s crisis escalation Track II initiative; head of course development for the Nuclear Learning initiative’s “Deterrence in Southern Asia” online course; and research on a project examining trends of politics and violence in Kashmir. Her research interests include South Asian geopolitics and security, internal conflict dynamics, and nuclear issues. She holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.


Analysis of emerging domestic political, institutional economic, and socio-cultural dynamics and consequences for regional relations and security behaviors.

Comprehensive online courses on nuclear competition with a focus on Southern Asia

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From Kargil to Balakot: Southern Asian Crisis Dynamics and Future Trajectories

Two decade review: South Asia crises will likely escalate further & faster as escalation pressure and crisis management challenges grow

Creating Online Classrooms to Reduce Nuclear Risk in South Asia

Educate the next generation of strategic analysts to help them reach their own conclusions about nuclear trajectories in South Asia.

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