South Asia Visiting Fellows Program

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South Asia Visiting Fellows Program

Stimson's Visiting Fellows program began in 1993 with private foundation support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, with subsequent support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Over 70 Visiting Fellows have participated in this program. Fellowships were initially directed at up-and-coming professors, journalists, and NGO analysts. One purpose of our fellowships was to "teach the teachers." Stimson's very first Visiting Fellow was Rifaat Hussain from Quaid-i-Azam University's Defence and Strategic Studies Department.  Professor Hussain, like other former Visiting Fellows based at universities in Pakistan and India, is now mentoring a new generation of very capable strategic analysts. Other "graduates" of Stimson's VF program now teach at academic centers in Chennai, Varanasi, Karachi, Baroda, Chandigarh, Islamabad and New Delhi.  

Another example of the long-term impact of visiting fellowships is Raj Chengappa, who was a visiting fellow in 1995.  He was then a beat reporter on national security issues for India Today, India's equivalent of Time magazine.  Print journalists were a key target audience for early visiting fellowships, as Stimson believed that a three-month stay in Washington might add depth and breadth to reporting on national security and nuclear issues within India and Pakistan, where debate was shaped by a very small number of individuals.  Raj Chengappa rose through the ranks to become Managing Editor of India Today. He is now Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Tribune, the largest circulation newspaper chain in the Punjab. Other "graduates" of Stimson's VF program have filed many stories for The Hindu, India Today, The Deccan Herald, New Delhi Television, Indian Express, Nation, Daily Times, Friday Times, Frontier Post, and GEO Television

On rare occasions, Stimson invited "seniors" to become Visiting Fellows.  We focused primarily on exceptional individuals who were inclined to start "second careers" by starting up new nongovernmental organizations that could enrich domestic consideration of national security issues in India and Pakistan.  Visiting Fellow Dipankar Banerjee (1997) helped launch the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in Delhi. V.R. Raghavan (1996) has helped set up the Delhi Policy Group and the Centre for Security Analysis in Chennai.    

The Visiting Fellows project design at its inception was to bring and a single Indian and a single Pakistani to Washington for up to three months to familiarize them with Washington as well as the theory and practice of arms control, disarmament, nuclear risk reduction, and confidence-building measures. Visiting Fellows engage in an intensive work/study program that includes meetings with government officials and Washington-based policy analysts working on arms control, regional security, and CBMs. Fellows have an opportunity to visit with a number of government officials, including those from the Department of Energy, Department of State, and Department of Defense. Visits are also arranged to nongovernmental organizations working on related national security issues. Visits on Capitol Hill are another staple of the Visiting Fellows program. Fellows are also kept abreast of pertinent seminars and lectures taking place in Washington.

In 2003, the Stimson Center began receiving funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. The focus of this fellowship program is nuclear risk reduction. As such, the Stimson Center's Visiting Fellows program no longer solicits general applications and exclusively hosts active duty officers serving on the Strategic Plans Division at Joint Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi.  Stimson also hosts civilian officials working at Pakistan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

 

 

Former South Asia Visiting Fellows

Li Zhang

October 2011- Present

Institute of South Asia Studies, Sichuan University

Research Topic: China's relationship with South Asia

 

Zaheer Baig

April 2011- June 2011

Director of the Chairman's Secretariat, Pakistan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority

Research Topic: Pakistan's Nuclear Energy Requirements

 

Khalid Mohyuddin

August 2010- October 2010

Colonel, Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs Division, Strategic Plans Division

Research Topic: Consequences of India's Ballistic Missile Defense for Strategic Stability in South Asia

 

Hamid Farooq

April 2009- June 2009

Lt. Colonel, Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs Directorate, Strategic Plans Division, JSHQ

Research Topic: The Efficacy of Nuclear Confidence-Building Measures for Enhancing Regional Stability

 

Mohammad Saleem Zafar

May 2007- August 2007

Chief Scientific Officer, Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority

Research Topic: Vulnerability of Research Reactors to Terrorist Attack


Zafar Ali

February 2007- May 2007

Lt. Colonel,  Strategic Plans Division, Joint Staff Headquarters

Research Topic: Pakistan's Nuclear Assets and Threats of Terrorism

 

Abdul Mannan

November 2006 - January 2007

Director, Directorate of Transportation and Waste, Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority

Research Topic: Consequences of Nuclear Terrorism in Pakistan

 

Adil Sultan April 2006 - July 2006

Wing Commander, Strategic Plans Division, JSHQ

Research Topic: US-India Nuclear Deal

 

Ajay Gondane

January 2006 - June 2006

Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs


Khurshid Khan

October 2004 - December 2004

Lt. Colonel, Strategic Plans Division

Research Topic: Limited War in South Asia

 

Zawar Abidi

June 2003 - September 2003

Assistant Director Equivalent, Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs, Strategic Plans Division, JSHQ

Research Topic: Conventional forces in South Asia

 

Rafi Khan

July 2002 - September 2002

Brigadier, Strategic Plans Division, JSHQ, Pakistan Army

Research Topic: Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers

 

Khalid Banuri

September 2001 - November 2001

Deputy Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs, Strategic Plans Division, JSHQ

Research Topic: Personnel Reliability Program

 

Rajesh Basrur

September 2001 - November 2001

Director, Center for Global Studies - Mumbai

Research Topic: The impact of missile defenses on southern Asia

 

Mutahir Ahmed

May 2001 - July 2001

Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Karachi

Research Topic: Conflict resolution and confidence-building measures

 

W. Lawrence Prabhakar

May 2001 - July 2001

Associate Professor of Political Science, Madras Christian College - Chennai, India

Research Topic: Implications of NMD on South Asia

 

Umma Salma Bava

February 2001 - April 2001

Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Delhi

Research Topic: Relevance of US-USSR nuclear risk reduction measures in the India-Pakistan-China context

 

Arifa Noor

February 2001 - April 2001

Assistant Editor, The News on Sunday

Research Topic: US policy towards terrorism, with respect to South Asia

 

Harinder Baweja

September 2000 - November 2000

Associate Editor, India Today - Delhi

Research Topic: The logic of third party mediation in Kashmir

 

Khaled Ahmed

September 2000 - November 2000

Consulting Editor, The Friday Times - Lahore

Research Topic: South Asian interpretations of Western deterrence theory

 

Sanjay Chaturvedi

June 2000 - July 2000

Chairman, Political Science, and Coordinator, Centre for Study of Geopolitics, Punjab University - Chandigarh, India

Research Topic: Border issues between Pakistan and India

 

Nazir Hussain

June 2000 - July 2000

Assistant Professor of Defense and Strategic Studies, Quaid-I-Azam University - Islamabad

Research Topic: Threat perceptions in India and Pakistan and the prospects for nuclear risk reduction measures in the region

 

Arvind Kumar

April 2000 - May 2000

Research Associate, National Institute for Advanced Studies - Bangalore, India

Research Topic: Implications of NMD on South Asia

 

Naseem Irfan

April 2000 - May 2000

Radiological and Environmental Engineering Group

Research Topic: Environmental effects of a nuclear exchange on the subcontinent

 

Surinder Singh Oberoi

February 2000 - March 2000

Agence France Presse

Research Topic: Confidence-building measures

 

Ayesha Haroon

February 2000 - March 2000

Resident Editor, The Nation - Islamabad

Research Topic: Economic Confidence Building Measures

 

Syed Agha Haider Naqvi

November 1999 - December 1999

Brigadier, Pakistani Army, GHQ

Research Topic: Nuclear command and control issues

 

Amrita Shah

September 1999 - October 1999

Columnist, The Indian Express - Mumbai

Research Topic: Media in relation to societal trends in South Asia

 

Rashed Rahman

September 1999 - October 1999

Assistant Editor, The Nation - Lahore

Research Topic: Confidence-building measures

 

Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya

June 1999 - July 1999

Professor and Chairperson, Department of Political Science and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences , Banaras Hindu University

Research Topic: Communal and ethnic conflicts in South Asia and their cross border ramifications

 

Priyankar Upadhyaya

June 1999 - July 1999

Professor of Peace Studies & Director, Malaviya Center for Peace Research , Banaras Hindu University

Research Topic: Conflict Resolution and Track II Diplomacy in South Asia

 

Khalida Ghaus

June 1999 - July 1999

Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Karachi

Research Topic: Pakistani foreign policy

 

Dilip Mohite

November 1998 - December 1998

Chairman of the Political Science Department and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Baroda

Research Topic: Political reconcialiation in South Asia

 

Syed Sikander Mehdi

November 1998 - December 1998

Professor of International Relations, University of Karachi

Research Topic: Debate on nuclear weapons following the May 1998 tests

 

Ilmas Futehally

September 1998 - October 1998

Executive Director, International Centre for Peace Initiatives - Mumbai, India

Research Topic: Conflict resolution, Future Scenarios

 

Arvind Gokhale

June 1998 - July 1998

Editor, The Kesari - Pune, India

Research Topic: The role of the vernacular press in India-Pakistan relations

 

Zia Iqbal Shahid

June 1998 - July 1998

Senior Journalist, The Daily Jang

Research Topic: Role of vernacular press in India-Pakistan relations

 

Bhashyam Kasturi

April 1998 - May 1998

Chief Correspondent, Deccan Herald - Bangalore, India

Research Topic: South Asia regional security

 

Nadeem Khalid

April 1998 - May 1998

Section Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Research Topic: Pakistani foreign policy

 

Sudha Ramachandran

February 1998 - March 1998

Chief Sub-Editor , The Deccan Herald - Bangalore

Research Topic: Terrorism, South Asian security issues and political developments

 

Misbah Saadat

February 1998 - March 1998

Assistant Editor , The Dawn

Research Topic: Conflict resolution in South Asia

 

Dipankar Banerjee

November 1997 - December 1997

Executive Director, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Research Topic: Confidence-building measures

 

Talat Masood

November 1997 - December 1997

Research Topic: Nuclear weapons issues in the subcontinent

 

Parmit Pal Chaudhuri

September 1997 - October 1997

Senior Assistant Editor, The Telegraph - Calcutta, India

Research Topic: Confidence-building measures

 

Ahson Saeed Hasan

September 1997 - October 1997

Freelance journalist

Research Topic: Nuclear weapons issues in the subcontinent

 

M.J. Vinod

June 1997 - August 1997

Professor in the Department of Political Science, Bangalore University

Research Topic: South Asian nuclear security issues

 

Moonis Ahmar

June 1997 - July 1997

Professor of International Relations, University of Karachi

Research Topic: Conflict resolution and confidence-building measures

 

Kamal Chenoy

April 1997 - May 1997

Associate Professor of Comparative and Indian Politics, Jawarharlal Nehru University

Research Topic: Track II Diplomacy

 

Umer Farooq

April 1997 - May 1997

Legal and Defense Correspondent, The Nation - Lahore

Research Topic: The Siachen Glacier dispute between India and Pakistan

 

Uttam Sen

February 1997 - March 1997

Assistant Editor, The Deccan Herald - Bangalore

Research Topic: Disarmament issues

 

Nadeem Siddiqui

February 1997 - March 1997

Graduate Student, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Topic: Arms control and security

 

V.R. Raghavan

November 1996 - December 1996

Director of Planning and Projects, Delhi Policy Group

Research Topic: Confidence-building measures

 

Raja Mohammed Iqbal

November 1996 - December 1996

Research Topic: Confidence-building measures

 

K.P. Nayar

September 1996 - October 1996

Diplomatic Editor, The Telegraph - Calcutta, India

Research Topic: Proliferation of small arms in South Asia

 

Tashar Ravuri

September 1996

Research Topic: US foreign policy decision-making

 

Aqil Shah

September 1996 - October 1996

Research Topic: Arms control

 

J. Pravin Kumar

June 1996 - July 1996

Jawarharlal Nehru University

Research Topic: Conflict resolution in South Asia

 

Amir Khan

June 1996 - July 1996

The National Assembly of Pakistan

Research Topic: US policy in South Asia

 

Raj Chengappa

September 1995 - November 1995

Managing Editor, India Today - Delhi

Research Topic: Nuclear CBMs between India and Pakistan

 

Gurinder Singh

May 1995 - July 1995

Research Topic: Military issues in the subcontinent

 

Nishat Ahmad

May 1995 - July 1995

Director, Institute for Regional Studies - Islamabad

Research Topic: South Asia regional security

 

Maroof Raza

March 1995 - April 1995

Regional Director for South Asia, Middlesex University - London

Research Topic: Insurgency in Kashmir

 

Naeem Salik

March 1995 - April 1995

Director ACDA, SPD, Pakistan Army

Research Topic: Non-offensive defense strategies

 

Bharat Karnad

January 1995 - February 1995

Defense Analyst, Centre for Policy Studies - New Delhi

Research Topic: Creating an India-Pakistan mutual assurance regime

 

Maqsudul Hasan Nuri

January 1995 - February 1995

Senior Research Scholar, Institute for Regional Studies - Islamabad

Research Topic: Transparency regimes

 

Yogesh Tyagi

November 1994 - December 1994

Professor of International Law, Jawarharlal Nehru University - Delhi

Research Topic: Increasing cooperation between India and Pakistan on issues of human rights

 

Ahmer Bilal Soofi

November 1994 - December 1994

Senior Partner, Ahmer Bilal Soofi & Co.

Research Topic: India-Pakistan Legal exchange program

 

Poonam Barua

September 1994 - October 1994

Ph.D. Candidate, Indian Institute of Public Administration

Research Topic: Trade and commerce as CBMs

 

Mariam Madiha Aftab

September 1994 - October 1994

Pakistani Mission to the United Nations

Research Topic: Political economy of Indo-Pakistani relations and the role of CBMs

 

Sunil Chandra

May 1994 - July 1994

Instructor, Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun

Research Topic: CBMs related to transparency, secrecy, force levels and deployment

 

Zahid Hussain

March 1994 - May 1994

Senior Editor, Newsline - Karachi

Research Topic: Nuclear CBMs for the region and possible roles for outside powers

 

Savita Datt

January 1994 - March 1994

Research Associate, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses - Delhi

Research Topic: Conflict pre-emption CBMs

 

Atul Aneja

March 1994 - May 1994

Special Correspondent for Defense, The Hindu - Chennai, India

Research Topic: Verification of border-dispute resolution mechanisms

 

Shaheen Akhtar

January 1994 - March 1994

Research Analyst, Institute for Regional Studies - Islamabad

Research Topic: CBMs for the Kashmir dispute

 

Syed Rifaat Hussain

September 1993 - November 1993

Chairman of the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Quaid-I-Azam University - Islamabad