Rizwan Ladha

PhD Student

  • MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • BS, International Affairs, The Sam Nunn School, Georgia Institute of Technology


Rizwan Ladha is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School, where his research focuses on the conditions under which states are more likely to develop a nuclear weapons capability without acquiring nuclear weapons outright. He has researched and written on nuclear dynamics between India and Pakistan, the Iranian nuclear program, and U.S. nonproliferation policy. Rizwan is a member of the Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE, Georgia Tech) and in summer 2015 will participate in the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats workshop at UC San Diego. He was a participant in the Nuclear Scholars Initiative class of 2013 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, Washington DC). Rizwan has been affiliated with the U.S. government, think tanks, and academia, having worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Ploughshares Fund, and the Project on Managing the Atom at the Kennedy School of Government.

Areas of Expertise
  • Arms Control and Disarmament
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Nuclear Power
  • Nuclear Strategy and Missile Defense
  • Security and Defense, International
  • Treaty Compliance
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • South Asia

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
  • Participant, Nuclear Scholars Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2013-Present
  • Bradley Foundation Fellow, International Security Studies Program, The Fletcher School, 2010-Present
  • Recipient, Roome International Arms Control Scholarship, The Fletcher School, 2010-Present
  • Participant, Security Springboard, Truman National Security Project, 2011

Fields of Study
  • International Security Studies
  • Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization

• “Squaring the Circle? The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran, and the Challenge of Compliance," in A Collection of Papers from the 2013 Nuclear Scholars Initiative, ed. S. Weiner (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies / Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)
• Ladha, Rizwan. “A Regional Arms Race? Testing the Nuclear Domino Theory in the Middle East.” Al Nakhlah, Spring 2012.
• Ladha, Rizwan. “Whither the Treaty? The U.S. Legal Approach to Arms Control.” Yonsei GSIS Journal of International Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Summer 2011): 41-61.

• Ladha, Rizwan. “Compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: The Case of Iran and Future Implications.” Presented at the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues 2012 Spring Conference, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, April 18, 2012.
• Ladha, Rizwan. “U.S. Leadership in Addressing the Non-Proliferation Challenge in South Asia.” Presented at the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues 2010 Spring Conference, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., April 8, 2010.

• Ladha, Rizwan. “Improving Nuclear Confidence Between India and Pakistan.” The Huffington Post, August 2, 2011.
• Cirincione, Joseph and Rizwan Ladha. “Smart Money to Stop Nuclear Terrorism.” The Huffington Post, July 14, 2011.
• Ladha, Rizwan. “The U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Structure: Time to Move Away From the Triad,” The Huffington Post, June 17, 2011.

PhD Dissertation
  • Exploring the Causes of Nuclear Latency

Research Interests
  • Nuclear weapons proliferation
  • Nuclear stability and arms control
  • Nuclear fuel cycle
  • Deterrence theory
  • Dual-use commodities
  • International trade and export controls
  • South Asian security
  • Iran
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • Terrorism

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