Saira Yamin

Saira Yamin

Ph.D. Conflict Analysis and Resolution , George Mason University, 2011
Dissertation title: "Revisiting the Discourse on State Failure: Towards a Conflict Resolution Trajectory."
M.Sc., Conflict Analysis and Resolution , George Mason University, 1992
B.A., Political Science, English Literature and French, University of the Punjab, Pakistan


Dr. Saira Yamin is a conflict resolution analyst and practitioner, an academic and a development worker with nineteen years of experience. Her dissertation research, a comparative case-study of eight states in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East contributes to a better understanding of failed and fragile contexts and proposes an enhanced theoretical and strategic framework to guide research, policy, and practice. Her prior research examines a range of issues related to peace and conflict in different world regions and has been published widely.

Saira has worked extensively in the development sector, advocating human rights for women and children in Pakistan. She has held senior management positions with local as well as international NGOs such as ActionAid. Currently, she teaches at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, HI. Previously she has taught graduate and undergraduate students at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, VA, and at Quaid-e-Azam University - Pakistan's premier academic institution. Additionally, she has delivered guest lectures at the University of Peshawar, University of Karachi, and at the American University, Washington D.C. Saira has been involved with Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), New Delhi, as a resource person at its annual Conflict Transformation workshops.

Saira has made appearances as a security analyst on Al-Jazeera, BBC, Canada TV, Pakistan Television and Voice of America. Her media experience includes French and English news reading for Radio Pakistan and as a DJ on FM 100, a popular radio station in Islamabad. She has been p

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Stability Through Economic Cooperation in a Nuclear Environment
 The study was awarded a research grant from the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington D.C. and the Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Colombo.  It examines the potential for...
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Afghanistan is a landlocked and mountainous land that has been beset by turbulence and instability for nearly a century. Littered with landmines and plagued by internecine fighting, the country came close to ruination during its US backed proxy war against the...
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August 01, 2010
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August 01, 2010
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August 01, 2010
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August 01, 2010
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The chapter highlights various forms of cultural and systemic injustices towards women – female genital mutilation (FGM), rape, and honor killings— and examines ways women cope and contribute to social change in Egypt, Pakistan and Turkey....
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August 01, 2013
The research evaluates the progress towards security and stabilization in Afghanistan as the country transitions towards a complete US–NATO drawdown in December 2014. It argues that the country’s propensity for civil war is high given the weak state...
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February 03, 2014
Over the past decade, Pakistan’s domestic security landscape has become increasingly volatile and complex. An examination of the incidence of violence during this period reveals a multiplicity of conflict actors, varying patterns of violence in different...
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January 26, 2013
Please give our readers a brief introduction of yourself. I am an academic in the field of Conflict Analysis and
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July 23, 2012
Is there a case for compulsory voting in Pakistan? As the next general elections draw nearer, the Election Commission
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April 25, 2012
Caught up in the dynamics of nuclear brinkmanship, India and Pakistan hold their entire region hostage to clear and
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December 08, 2010
Professor Dennis J.D. Sandole’s latest book, "Peacebuilding: Preventing Violent Conflict in a Complex World
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August 02, 2009
"Positive change is more often pioneered by individuals of courage," writes Marc Gopin, a rabbi, peacemaker,
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June 01, 2009
Positive change is more often pioneered by individuals of courage, writes Marc Gopin, a rabbi, peacemaker, and scholar
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May 01, 2009
Writers describe the tribal region along the borders between Afghanistan and Pakistan as al-Qaeda Central. President
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April 03, 2009
“Graveyard Myths,” by Peter Bergen (Op-Ed, March 28), gets the picture half-right. Restoring law and order
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April 01, 2009
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January 26, 2009
Your lead editorial "After Mumbai" [Dec. 22] offers the right policy prescription for South Asia to President
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This research is a comparative case study of eight states in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East assessing the impact of external military interventions in response to the perceived threat of state failure in the post Cold War, post 9/11 landscape. The study is guided by the concern that
July 21, 2011
Join the ICAR community in celebrating Professor Dennis Sandole's newest publication:Peacebuilding: Preventing War in a Complex World 
March 03, 2011
Panelists: Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, President, Kashmir American Council Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal, International Coordinator, Indo-American Kashmir Forum Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Pakistan Ambassador John McDonald, Chairman, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy Mr.
November 08, 2007
South & Southeast Asia Working Group Presents: Burma: Analyzing & Understanding the Conflict The recent mass protests and the crackdown by the military regime in Burma have generated widespread international concerns on the plight of the Burmese people. This panel attempts to foster a
October 11, 2007
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Terrorism is a significant factor in conflict worldwide, yet the underlying causes and conditions that give rise to terrorist activity are often...
Covers conflict at macro level, introducing theories of international and global violence and conflict, drawing from...
Explores the meanings of globalization: economic, political, social, cultural: and examine how it affects conflict...
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