Ayesha Siddiqa

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Ayesha Siddiqa
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Born (1966-04-07) April 7, 1966 (age 56)
Alma materKing's College, London
Kinnaird College for Women University
Known forNuclear deterrent
Pakistan military
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical science
InstitutionsPakistan Naval War College
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Johns Hopkins University
St Antony's College, Oxford

Ayesha Siddiqa (Urdu: عائِشہ صِدّیقہ), (born April 7, 1966), is a Pakistani political scientist, a political commentator and an author who serves as a research associate at the SOAS South Asia Institute.[1][2] She previously served as the inaugural Pakistan Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center between 2004 and 2005.[3][4]


Born in Lahore, Siddiqa studied at Kinnaird College and went on to join the Civil Service of Pakistan. As a civil servant, Siddiqa served as the director of naval research with the Pakistan Navy, making her the first civilian and the first woman to work at that position in Pakistan's defence establishment. She also worked in military accounts and as deputy director Defense Services Audit. Siddiqa moved to London, where she received her PhD from King's College London in war studies.[5][6] After leaving the civil service, she served as the senior research fellow at the Sandia National Laboratories and went on to teach at the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and the Quaid-e-Azam University.[7][8] She also served as the Charles Wallace Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford in 2015.[9][10]

She has written extensively on the Pakistan military, and her research has covered issues varying from the Pakistan military's covert development of military technology, defensive game theory, nuclear deterrence, arms procurement and arms production, to civil-military relations in Pakistan.[11] After leaving the bureaucracy, she authored Pakistan's Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99: In Search of a Policy, 2001, and later, in 2007, published her critically acclaimed book: Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy. She also regularly writes critical columns for English language newspapers, including Dawn, Daily Times, The Friday Times and Express Tribune.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Dr Ayesha Siddiqa | Staff | SOAS University of London". soas.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  2. ^ "Pakistani liberals flay military's role at London meet". hindustantimes.com. 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  3. ^ Web Admin. "Doctor Ayesha Siddiqa". Women Com. (Pakistan). Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa – Assistant Professfor". Wah Engineering College (Pakistan). Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa Agha | Independent security analyst @ Pakistan Herald". Pakistanherald.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  6. ^ "Ayesha Siddiqa | Pakistan". events.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  7. ^ "Ayesha Siddiqa". Al Jazeera Forum. Archived from the original on 2016-12-24. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  8. ^ "King's College London - Pakistan military and Strategic Depth in Afghanistan: Evolution of an Idea". kcl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  9. ^ "Ayesha Siddiqa". Al Jazeera Forum. Archived from the original on 2016-12-24. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  10. ^ "Ayesha Siddiqa". Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  11. ^ "20150316 -Pakistan's Counter-terrorism Policy post-Peshawar: Is it Working?". soas.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  12. ^ Web Admin (September 29, 2012). "Radicalization in Pakistan – A Talk by Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa". Institute for Peace and Secular Studies. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Interview with Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa Agha | The Pakistani Spectator". pkhope.com. Retrieved 2016-11-06.

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