Rizwan Ladha, 2017

 Rizwan Ladha is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School, where his research focuses on why states start nuclear weapons programs despite being under the nuclear umbrella of the United States. 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 (Georgia Tech) and has participated in foreign policy and nuclear proliferation workshops across the United States. He has been affiliated with the U.S. government, think tanks, and academia.

Rizwan came to Fletcher from the private sector, where he worked in the energy, financial services, and tech fields, as well as from the non-profit sector, where he worked for an anti-poverty agency in Boston.

Fields of Study

  • International Security Studies

Education before Fletcher

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

Experience before Fletcher

    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Seattle, WA — Intern, National Security Program / Next Generation Safeguards Initiative
    • Ploughshares Fund, Washington, DC — Research Intern to President Joe Cirincione
    • Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA — Research Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
    • ABCD, Inc, Boston, MA — Director, Second Chance at Success Program
    • Infosys Technologies, Mysore, India and Boston, MA — Project Manager
    • Bank of America, Atlanta, GA — Business Development Associate


  • Kutchi, Spanish, Arabic

Awards, Fellowships, Grants

  • National Security Forum (Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL)
  • New Era Foreign Policy Conference (Bridging the Gap Project, American University)
  • Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Boot Camp (Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, UC San Diego)
  • Martel Scholarship (Tufts Institute for Global Leadership / Carnegie Corporation of New York)
  • Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation (Sam Nunn School, Georgia Techn)
  • Bradley Fellowship (International Security Studies Program, The Fletcher School)
  • Roome International Scholarship (The Fletcher School)
  • Nuclear Scholars Initiative (Center for Strategic and International Studies)


  • “Compliance With the NPT: The Case of Iran and Future Implications,” Center for Strategic and International Studies — PONI 2012, Richland, WA
  • “US Leadership In Addressing the Non-Proliferation Challenge in South Asia,” Center for Strategic and International Studies — PONI 2010, Washington, DC


  • “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)
  • “A Regional Arms Race? Testing the Nuclear Domino Theory in the Middle East," Al Nakhlah (Spring 2012)
  • “Whither the Treaty? The U.S. Legal Approach to Arms Control,” Yonsei GSIS Journal of International Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2011).

PhD Dissertation Title

Security Guarantees and Nuclear Proliferation