Ayesha Siddiqa

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Ayesha Siddiqa
Born (1966-04-07) April 7, 1966 (age 50)
Residence Islamabad, Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistan
Nationality Pakistan
Fields Military science
Institutions Pakistan Naval War College
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Johns Hopkins University
Alma mater King's College, London
Known for Work in Nuclear deterrent

Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa (Urdu: عائشہ صدیقہ‎; born 7 April 1966; PhD), is a Pakistani civilian military scientist, geo-strategist, author, former bureaucrat and political commentator. She regularly writes critical columns for reputable English language newspapers, including Dawn newspapers, Daily Times and Express Tribune. Her column appears every Friday. She previously served as a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa is a graduate of King's College London where she did her PhD in War studies in 1996. She has written extensively on Pakistan military and her research has covered issues varying from Pakistan military's covert development on military technology, defensive game theory, nuclear deterrence, arms procurement, arms production to civil-military relations in Pakistan.

Siddiqa has been a civil servant for 11 years during which she was asked to work as the Director of Naval Research with Pakistan Navy making her the first civilian and a woman to work at that position in Pakistan's defense establishment. She also worked as a Deputy Director in audit Defence Services Lahore Cantt.[1]

She was the 'Pakistan Scholar' at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Washington, D.C. for 2004-05.

Siddiqa is also an author, and her books include, Pakistan's Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99: In Search of a Policy, 2001). Her recent book, Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy, was released in April 2007.

On June 13, 2007, during her latest book launch at International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Siddiqa said that she is not a politician and hers is an academic piece of work. She went on to add that she used Pakistan as a case study. She believes that this book is not a political thriller, rather it carries a broader issue of civil-military relationship in Pakistan. She is a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (South Asia Studies Program), teaching Pakistan's political economy and the history of Pakistan.


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