Sannia Abdullah

Sannia Abdullah, PhD

Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow


Stanford University

Encina Hall, E212

Stanford, CA 94305-6165

(650) 725-2709 (voice)

Research Interests

Regional security | Nonproliferation Issues with special focus on South Asia


Sannia Abdullah is a 2017-2018 Stanton Nuclear Security postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and holds a PhD in Defense and Security Studies. Her research focuses on the evolution of second nuclear age and trends of state behavior observed among new nuclear weapon states. Sannia’s dissertation evaluates the concept of nuclear learning at different levels of analyses keeping a special focus on India-Pakistan military crises. Currently, she is working on Pakistan's nuclear behavior and its deterrence logic with respect to technological maturation. Sannia has been teaching in Quaid-i-Azam University, Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Islamabad since 2011. From March 2016 to August 2017 she was a visiting research scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Center at Sandia National Laboratories (New Mexico), where she did multiple research projects primarily focusing nonproliferation issues in South Asia.