Rizwan Ladha
2016, NEFP
PhD Candidate, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy


Rizwan Ladha is a 2016-2017 pre-doctoral research fellow in the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program at the Belfer Center, and a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in international relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His dissertation examines why Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan conducted nuclear weapons activities in the 1960s and 1970s, despite being under the protection of the U.S. nuclear umbrella.

Rizwan’s past work on nuclear issues has been supported by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has also participated in workshops on nuclear issues and foreign policy challenges at the U.S. Air War College, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, American University, and UC San Diego. Rizwan previously worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Ploughshares Fund.

He holds a M.A. in nuclear nonproliferation policy from The Fletcher School and a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Asia, International Security, Defense and Security, Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear Strategy, U.S. Foreign Policy