Sameer Lalwani


Sameer Lalwani is Deputy Director for The Stimson Center's South Asia program, and affiliate at the Center for International Relations at MIT. He previously served as a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. Sameer earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at MIT, and he holds a bachelor's degree in political science from University of California, Berkeley.


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“Pakistan’s Counterinsurgency Strategy,” Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics, and Religion, Ed. Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 202-228. (pdf)

“India’s Approach to Counterinsurgency and the Naxalite Problem,” CTC Sentinel, Vol. 4, No. 10, October 2011. (link)

“Whither Command of the Commons? Choosing Security Over Control,” (with Joshua Shifrinson), Great Powers Initiative Policy Paper Series, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation, September 2011. (link)

“Why Isn’t Turkey Balancing Iran? Explaining Balance-of-Power and Alliance Behavior in Response to Nuclear Proliferation,” A Collection of Papers from the Nuclear Scholars Initiative, Washington, DC: Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2010, pp. 163-178. (link)

“The Pakistan Military’s Adaptation to Counterinsurgency in 2009,” CTC Sentinel, Vol. 3, No. 1, January, 2010. (link)

“Pakistani Military Capabilities for a Counterinsurgency Campaign: A Net Assessment,” Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative Publication, New America Foundation, September 2009. (link)


“Strategic Rethink Needed,” DAWN (Pakistan’s oldest and leading English daily), March 14, 2010. (link)

“Putting the ‘I’ in Aid,” (with Peter Bergen), New York Times, October 2, 2009. (pdf)

“Obama's Pakistan Problem,”, August 13, 2009. (link)

“Why We’d Miss Musharraf,”, September 2007. (link)

“The War on Poppies,” (with Peter Bergen), Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2007. (link)