Dr Tahir M Azad

Postdoctoral Fellow

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Contact DetailsDr T.M. Azad


Personal Details

Dr. Tahir Mahmood Azad has a PhD degree from the Department of Strategic & Nuclear Studies, National Defence University (NDU) Islamabad, Pakistan. Previously, he obtained M.Phil. degree with distinction from the same department and M.Sc. in Defence & Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Dr. Azad has worked as a Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) Pakistan. Dr. Azad has also served as a Visiting Faculty Member at Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan, where he taught courses on International Security Affairs.

Dr. Azad has stayed as a Visiting Research Fellow at:

• Sandia National Laboratories, Abuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

• The SPAIS / Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol, UK.

• The Center for International Trade & Security (CITS), University of Georgia, USA.

• Centre on Conflict, Development and Peace building (CCDP), Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland.

• The Institute for Security and development Policy (ISDP) Stockholm, Sweden.

• Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany.

Research Interests

Dr. Azad’s areas of interest are Nuclear (Weapon) Security and Terrorism, Cyber Nuclear Security and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Weapon Modernization. South Asian Nuclear Politics and Nuclear Strategies, Pakistan's Domestic and Regional Politics.


Available for supervising research projects related to Nuclear Politics, Cyber Security.


India's Brinkmanship in Nuclear Policy: The Fall Out Goes too Far!” ISPR, Hilal Magazine, May 2017

Donald Trump and US Nuclear Security Agenda,” ISSI Issue Brief, March 15, 2017

Pakistan-Russia Strategic Partnership: New Horizons for Cooperation,ISSI Issue Brief, December 26, 2016

India’s Expansionist Nuclear Ambition,” ISPR, Hilal Magazine, November 2016

Co-authored, “Pakistan’s Export Control Regime,” ISSI, Nuclear Paper Series, No.5, 2016

Maritime Security in 21st Century: Strategic and Conventional Options for Pakistan,” ISSI, Issue Brief, September 26, 2016

"Nuclear Powers & Terrorism: Implications for Indo-Pak Strategic Stability,” ISSI Journal, Vol. 36, Spring No. 1, 2016

Co-authored, “Pakistan and India: Non-Proliferation Credentials,” ISSI Nuclear Paper Series, No.2, 2016

Pakistan: Misperceptions about Nuclear Stockpiles,” ISSI, Issues Brief, December 11, 2015

Nuclear Powers & Terrorism: Implications for Indo-Pak Strategic Stability,” Paper presented at RUSI-UK Program on Nuclear Issues 2015 Conference, London, June 04, 2015

“Pakistan’s Nuclear Security: Separating Fact from Fear,” ISDP Stockholm, Policy Brief, No. 143, February 05, 2014

Tokyo, Seoul Hold 'Ugly' Nuclear Option,” Asia Times, May 23, 2013

“Threats of Nuclear Terrorism: A Case Study of India,” ISDP Stockholm, Policy Brief, No. 120, April 4, 2013

“Threats of Nuclear Terrorism: An Overview,” ISPR, Hilal Magazine, May 2011

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