Saira Yamin, Ph.D.ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Areas of Expertise: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; Women, Peace and Security; South Asia
Dr. Saira Yamin joined the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in February 2012. Her areas of expertise include conflict analysis and resolution; international peace and security; and state fragility, failure, and stabilization processes. Previously, Dr. Yamin has taught graduate and undergraduate students at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, VA, and at the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Additionally, she has delivered guest lectures at the University of Peshawar, University of Karachi, and at the American University, Washington D.C. She has provided conflict transformation trainings to Indian and Pakistani youth and professionals on behalf of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP, New Delhi). Dr. Yamin has made appearances as a security analyst on Al-Jazeera, BBC, Canada TV, Pakistan Television and Voice of America. Her media experience includes French and English news reading for Radio Pakistan and as a DJ on FM 100, a popular radio station in Islamabad. She has worked extensively in the development sector in South Asia working with international and local non-governmental organizations on women and children’s rights.
Dr. Yamin has written on a range of issues related to peace and conflict in different world regions. Her work has been published in a number of regional and international research publications and news media including the Oxford International Encylopedia of Peace, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Nation, Politico, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Friday Times (Lahore), Daily Times (Lahore), The News International (Islamabad), Journal for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi), among others. She is the author of a book titled Stability through Economic Cooperation in a Nuclear Environment (2005). Research for the book was supported by a competitive grant from the Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Colombo, and the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington D.C.
Dr. Yamin received her B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. She earned both her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, VA. Her dissertation research, a comparative case-study of eight states in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East contributes to a better understanding of failed and fragile contexts and proposes an enhanced theoretical and strategic framework to guide research, policy, and practice. She is the recipient of the Faculty Scholarship and Eleanor Roosevelt Student Scholarship awards conferred by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.