SouthAsiaSourceJan 20, 2022
Pakistan’s new National Security Policy: A step in the right direction
By Rabia Akhtar
It is heartening that the NSP has created a discourse in Pakistan where common citizens are questioning the government about their rightful place in the national security policy. Implementation of the NSP will take a whole-of-government approach, and sectoral reforms will be critical if the policy objectives set in the NSP are to be achieved.
Dr. Rabia Akhtar is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council South Asia Center. She is also the Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore. Dr. Akhtar is Director, School of Integrated Social Sciences at University of Lahore. She holds a PhD in Security Studies from Kansas State University. She is a Fulbright alumna (2010-2015). Dr. Akhtar received her Masters in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and her Masters in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, USA. She has written extensively on South Asian nuclear security and deterrence dynamics. She is the author of the book titled ‘The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton’. Dr. Akhtar is also the Editor of Pakistan Politico, Pakistan’s first strategic and foreign affairs magazine. Dr. Akhtar is a member of Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs.