Saira YaminSenior Fellow
Pacific region and beyond. Yamin supports executive education courses on counterterrorism, crisis management; and regional security cooperation. While at DKI APCSS, Yamin has also managed the institution’s most senior-level course titled Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC), a position of significant responsibility and recognized academic leadership. TSC is an intensive educational program for high-ranking officials, ambassadors, ministers, parliamentarians, academics, and one- to four-star generals from around the Asia-Pacific region. She is routinely invited as a guest speaker at civilian and military institutions in the US and at international events to speak on terrorism, gender and South Asian security. Yamin has previously taught at the School for Conflict Analysis and 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 development sector in South Asia with international and local NGOs advancing poverty alleviation, universal primary education and women’s empowerment.
Her research spans a wide range of topics including gender in the Muslim world; Sharia law; international peace and conflict; and state-building processes. Her writings have been published by the United States Institute of Peace, Oxford University Press, The Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, The Nation, Politico, Foreign Policy in
Focus, The Friday Times (Lahore), The Daily Times (Lahore), The News International (Islamabad), and the Journal for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi), among others. Yamin has appeared as a security analyst on Al-Jazeera, BBC, Canada TV, Pakistan Television and Voice of America. She received her B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan and earned both her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, Virginia. 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 and the US Federal Government award for Team Excellence.