Sameer Lalwani is a senior expert in South Asian Relations at the United States Institute of Peace and a non-resident senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. At the Institute, his research interests include nuclear deterrence, interstate rivalry, alliances, crisis behavior, counterinsurgency, and Indo-Pacific security. Previously, Lalwani was a Senior Fellow and Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center from 2015 to 2022, an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a Stanton nuclear security postdoctoral fellow at the RAND Corporation. He has conducted field research in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and his work has been published by Security Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CTC Sentinel, and the New York Times. Dr. Lalwani is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributing editor to “War on the Rocks” and the book “Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories.” He earned his doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was an affiliate of the MIT Security Studies Program.