Prof. Dr. Rabia Akhtar

Dean, Social Sciences



Dr. Rabia Akhtar is Dean Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Lahore. A Professor of International Relations, she is the founding Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research and also of the School of Integrated Social Sciences at the University of Lahore. Dr. Akhtar has a PhD in Security Studies from Kansas State University. She holds Masters degrees in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, USA. Her scholarly pursuits have revolved around key areas such as South Asian nuclear security, deterrence dynamics, media in the age of deep fakes and disinformation, nuclear weapons, AI and emerging technologies, Pakistan's foreign policy and national security imperatives, as well as regional and international security issues. She has authored a book titled, 'The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton', which showcases her expertise in the field. Moreover, she serves as the Editor of Pakistan Politico, Pakistan's pioneering magazine on strategic and foreign affairs. Not only has Dr. Akhtar made significant contributions to academia, but she has also played a vital role in shaping foreign policy as a member of Prime Minister Imran Khan's Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs from 2018 to 2022. She is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the South Asia Center, Atlantic Council, Washington DC and a Nonresident Fellow at BASIC, UK. Dr. Akhtar serves as a visiting faculty at the NATO Defence College, Rome, the NPIHP Nuclear Bootcamp, Rome and ISODARCO, Andalo, Italy. 


SrNo. Year Degree Board/University
1 2015 PhD Security Studies Kansas State University USA
2 2003 MA Political Science Eastern Illinois University USA
3 1999 MSc International Relations Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad
4 1996 BA Applied Psychology & Political Science Punjab University
5 1994 FSc Pre-Medical PAF Intermediate College Chaklala Rawalpindi
6 1992 Matric Science APS Rawalpindi


SrNo. From To Category Designation Organization
1 2004 2010 Academic Experience Assistant Professor Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi
2 2015 current Academic Experience Professor/Director/HoD University of Lahore
3 October 2023 still Academic Experience Dean Faculty of Social Sciences University of Lahore
4 Sep 2007 Sep 2008 Professional Experience Research Consultant Strategic Plans Division


SrNo. Title
1 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty
2 Emerging Security Dilemma of Pakistan in the wake of Indo-US Defense Deal 2005
3 Nuclear Reactions: How Nuclear-Armed States Behave
4 Pakistan-U.S. Relations: Is Past the Prologue?
5 Book review: Pakistan’s Nuclear Bomb: A Story of Defiance, Deterrence and Deviance
6 Book Review: Winning & Losing the Nuclear Peace: The Rise, Demise & Revival of Arms Control
7 Book Review: China's Western Horizons:Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia
8 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Perspectives from Pakistan
9 Nuclear India and the Changing Landscape of Escalation in Southern Asia
10 Is Kashmir a Nuclear Flashpoint
11 Making of the Seventh NWS: Historiography of the Beginning of the Nuclear Disorder in South Asia
12 Manging Nuclear Risk in South Asia: A Pakistani Response
13 The Making of the Seventh Nuclear Weapon State: Historiography of the beginning of the Nuclear Disorder in South Asia
14 Nuclear Learning in South Asia: The South Asian Experience
15 Pakistan, India and China After the US Drawdown from Afghanistan
16 Gender Vs Issues of War and Peace


SrNo. Year Level City Country Confence
1 2018 International Lahore Pakistan International Conference on Threats to Security in
2 2018 International SSII-Islamabad Pakistan The Global Non-proliferation Regime: Challenges an
3 2018 International Bangkok Thailand Chaophraya Dialogue
4 2018 International Seoul South Korea NPIHP Asia-Pacific Nuclear History Institute 2018
5 2018 International Allumeire Italy NPIHP Asia-Pacific Nuclear History Bootcamp 2018
6 2014 International Livermore, CA USA PONI-Strategic Stability in SA: Opp for US
7 2014 International Allumiere Italy NPIHP Nuclear Boot Camp
8 2013 International Washington DC USA Carnegie-Stimson Workshop on SA Nuclear Issues
9 2013 International Washington DC USA NDU-DC South Asian Roundtable
10 May 2016 National Gujrat Pakistan Strategic Stability & Nonprolif Debate in SA
11 Nov 2016 International Seoul Korea NPIHP- Asia Pacific Nuclear History
12 Oct 2015 National-Panelist Islamabad @ ISSI Pakistan Strategic Stability in South and East Asia
13 Aug 2015 International- Panelist Seoul Korea Asia-Pacific Nuclear History Conference
14 Aug 2015 National-Panelist Gujrat Pakistan Strategic Stability & Deterrence Debate in SA
15 March 2015 International Washington DC USA Roundtable on Pakistan's Nuclear Future
16 2014 International-Stanford University Palo Alto USA Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialouge
17 2014 International Lexington, Kentucky USA SHAFR-Pakistan's Nuclear Innings: Carter Years
18 Oct 2016 International @ University of Lahore Lahore Pakistan Comparative International Nuclear History
19 March 2016 International Atlanta, Georgia USA ISA
20 March 2016 International- Roundtable @ SSP MIT, MA USA Pakistan & US Nonproliferation Policy
21 March 2016 International- Panel Discussion Rhode Island-Brown University USA US Non-proliferation Policy
22 Jan 2016 International organized by Carnegie Beijing China China-India-Pakistan Trilateral Dialogue on Strate
23 Jan 2016 National Islamabad Pakistan Reviewer @ Book Launch
24 2018 International Paris France Future of Strategic Stability in South Asia
25 2018 International Colombo Sri Lanka Nuclear Effects in South Asia
26 2018 International Palo Alto, California USA Pak-U.S. Strategic Dialogue
27 2017 International Baltimore, MD USA International Studies Association


SrNo. Year Awarding Organization Description
1 2010-2015 Fulbright Scholarship-PhD Awarded five year PhD Fulbright scholarship to pursue doctorate in Security Studies at Kansas State University, USA
2 2017 Cornell University Fellowship, Judith Reppy Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies


SrNo. From - To Title Organization
1 2015 - current Member International Studies Association

Courses Taught

SrNo. Type Title University Semester
1 BS Social Science IR: 1648 to 1945 University of Lahore V
2 BS Social Science Introduction to Politics & International Relations University of Lahore I

Project Supervisor



SrNo. Title Authors Year Publisher
1 Nuclear Learning in South Asia: The Levels of Anal Rabia Akhtar,Debak Das, 2015 RCSS- Manoher Publications
2 Safety and Security of Pakistan's Nuclear Assets Rabia Akhtar,Nazir Hussain, 2010 New York: Continuum Publishing
3 Linkages and Gaps in Conflict Resolution Research Rabia Akhtar,, 2010 Dept of IR, Karachi University Press
4 The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-proliferation Policy Towar Rabia Akhtar,, 2018

Research Fundings

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Active Collabrations

SrNo. From - To Type Country Organization
1 2018 - 2021 International Research Sri Lanka Regional Center for Strategic Studies
2 2016 - 2019 International Research USA Woodrow Wilson-NPIHP Program

Consulting Experience