Sameer Lalwani

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Expert in the Asia Center at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Dr. Lalwani’s research interests include nuclear deterrence, interstate rivalry, alliances, crisis behavior, counter/insurgency, and Indo-Pacific security. He is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Contributing Editor to War on the Rocks. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow for Asia Strategy and the Director of the South Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. He is the editor of Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories (Stimson Center, 2018). His research has also been published in Security StudiesInternational Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Strategic StudiesSmall Wars & InsurgenciesSurvivalThe Washington QuarterlyAsian SurveyForeign Affairs, and the New York Times. Lalwani completed his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’ Department of Political Science and was an affiliate of the MIT Security Studies Program.


B.A. in Political Science
University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. in Political Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology