Saturday, August 14, 2010

Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa Agha

Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa Agha is an independent security analyst and strategic affairs columnist of Pakistan. She did her doctorate from King's College London in 1996 and has worked on issues varying from military technology, defense decision-making, nuclear deterrence, arms procurement, arms production to civil-military relations in South Asia.
Dr 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 is also a Ford Fellow and was the 'Pakistan Scholar' at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Washington, DC for 2004-05.

Dr. Siddiqa is also an author, and her books include, Pakistan's Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99: In Search of a Policy (Palgrave Press, 2001). Her recent book, Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy was released in April 2007. She has also written commissioned papers on small arms and light weapons proliferation, problems of governance and India-Pakistan relations.

Moreover, she has contributed to various international journals like the Journal for Defense and Peace Economics, Jane's Defense Weekly and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. At the launch of her book Military Inc in London Dr Ayesha Siddiqa in London said in her talk that she is not a politician and she has written an academic piece of work. She also mentioned that she used Pakistan as a case study. She also mentioned that this book is not a political thriller it is carrying broader issue of civil military relationship in Pakistan.

Dr. Ayesha's Books

• Ayesha Siddiqa Agha, (1996), Light Weapons Manufacture in the Public and Private Sectors (Project Light Weapons Working Paper), British American Security Information Council.
• Ayesha Siddiqa Agha, (2001), Pakistan's Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99:
• Ayesha Siddiqa Agha, (2007), Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy.

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