Dr. Rabia Akhtar serves as the founding Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research at the University of Lahore. Additionally, she holds the position of founding Director of the School of Integrated Social Sciences at the same university. Dr. Akhtar is a distinguished Professor of International Relations, having obtained her PhD in Security Studies from Kansas State University. She is also a Fulbright alumna (2010-2015). Dr. Akhtar's academic journey includes a Master's in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, as well as a Master's in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, USA. She has devoted her research efforts to the field of South Asian nuclear security and deterrence dynamics, with extensive written contributions on the subject. Notably, she authored the book 'The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton'. She is the Editor of Pakistan Politico, the country's premier strategic and foreign affairs magazine. From 2018 to 2022, Dr. Akhtar served as a member of Prime Minister Imran Khan's Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs. Currently, she is the Nonresident Senior Fellow at the South Asia Center, Atlantic Council, based in Washington DC. Dr. Akthar is a visiting teaching faculty member at the NATO Defence College, Rome and also a visiting teaching faculty member at the NPIHP Nuclear Bootcamp, Rome.