Sannia Abdullah

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Sannia Abdullah

Sannia Abdullah, PhD

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Dr. Sannia Abdullah is a political scientist working on nonproliferation and regional security issues for over ten years. Sannia was a visiting research scholar at Sandia National Labs (2018-2019). She completed her postdoc as Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at CISAC (Stanford University). From 2011 to 2019, she was a faculty in the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies (Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan). She also hosts her podcast show 'Women with Ambition.’ Since 2010, Dr. Abdullah has been part of several Track-II dialogues and learned decision-making trends through her regular participation in Table Top Exercises exploring escalation control and deterrence stability in South Asia. She published nationally and internationally. Her recent articles are published in Space and DefenseInternational Journal for Nuclear SecurityThe Washington QuarterlyAsia Europe JournalWar on the Rocks, and South Asian Voices. She is working on her book manuscript, focusing on the evolution of Pakistan's nuclear behavior and its deterrence logic. Her primary research interests include Governance, Organizations and Institutions, Military, and Nuclear Policy.