Saira YaminDr. Saira Yamin joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in February 2012. She specializes in gendered security, South Asia, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, Crisis Management and Terrorism. She is a pioneering member and former Lead of the Women, Peace, and Security program at DKI APCSS. Her contributions include building partner-nation capacity in designing and implementing National Action Plans aligned with UNSCR 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace, and Security. She has also led several iterations of the Center’s most senior-level course titled Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC) and the Indo-Pacific Orientation Course (IPOC).

Previously, Dr. Yamin taught at the Carter Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, Virginia, and at the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. She has worked in the South Asian development sector with local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs and INGOs) and think tanks on conflict transformation, poverty alleviation, women and child rights, and with refugees. Dr. Yamin has appeared as a security analyst on Al-Jazeera, BBC, Canada TV, Pakistan Television, Voice of America and Thinktech Hawaii. 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.

Dr. Yamin is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs (Sage Publications). Her research spans a wide range of issues related to international peace and conflict, global governance, democratic transitions, and gender. Her writing have been published by the United States Institute of Peace, Oxford University Press, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Friday Times (Lahore), Daily Times (Lahore), The News International (Islamabad), and 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, Manohar, New Delhi). 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. She is the recipient of the Faculty Scholarship and Eleanor Roosevelt Student Scholarship awards conferred by the Carter Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University. She has received U.S. Federal Government awards for excellence as Mentor of the Year (2019) and for Team Excellence (2015).


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Research Monographs and Book Chapters:

  1.  “Sharia Law and Its Implications for Women’s Status and Rights” in Women, War and Violence: Topography, Resistance and Hope. Kurtz et al. eds. Praeger Security International. Santa Clara, CA. August 2015.
  2.  “Challenging Patriarchy: Egypt, Pakistan and Turkey” in Women Waging War and Peace: International Perspectives of Women’s Roles in Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Cheldelin et al. eds. Continuum.  New York and London. 2011.
  3. Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: Revisiting the Global War on Terrorism. Regional Center for Strategic Studies. Colombo. 2008.
  4. “Basic Human Needs Theory: An Alternative Approach for Managing Ethnic Conflict and State Security” in Different Perceptions on Conflict Resolution: Need for An Alternative Paradigm, Moonis Ahmar, ed. University of Karachi. 2005
  5. Stability through Economic Cooperation in a Nuclear Environment. Manohar Publications. New Delhi. 2005.
  6.  “The Role of TV and other Mass Media in Projecting Western Societies to the World: A Pull Factor for Immigration” in Immigration to Europe From South Asia and The Muslim World, Naveed Ahmed Tahir (ed.), Area Study Centre for Europe: University of Karachi. Karachi. 2005.


Research Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  1. “Imagining Pakistan: Modernism, State and the Politics of Islamic Revival,” Rasul Bakhsh Rais, Book Review in Journal of International Security and International Affairs (JASIA), December 2018.
  2.  “Building Peace in Sri Lanka: An Analysis of the Conflict and a Plan for Intervention” in IPRI Journal. Islamabad Institute for Policy Research. Islamabad.  Winter 2009.
  3. “Understanding Religious Identity and the Causes of Religious Violence” in Peace Prints: South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding. Volume 1. No. 1. Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP). New Delhi. Spring 2008.


Encyclopaedia Entries

  1. “Methods of De-escalation in International Crises” in The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  2.  “Theory of De-escalation in Conflict” in The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  3. “People to People Diplomacy” in The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  4. “Chemical and Biological Weapons: Movements to Ban” in The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  5. Conventional Weapons: Contemporary Constraints and Limitations” in The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010
  6. “Non Lethal Weapons” in The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York  and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  7. “Arms Races” in The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York andOxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  8.  “Military Expenditures” in The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
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