Ms. Sylvia Mishra is the Deputy Director of Nuclear Policy at the Institute for Security and Technology (IST). Her research focuses on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation, Southern Asian security, emerging and disruptive technologies, and military innovation. She is also a Research Fellow at Managing the Atom, Belfer Center, Harvard University and a consultant at the European Leadership Network where she advises senior Europeans on emerging technologies. She has held leadership positions in Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) since the inception of the organization in 2017 and presently Chairs the CBRN Working Group. She is a member of the Steering Committee for OrgsInSolidarity which advocates for diverse representation in national security discourse. She is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program and serves on the Advisory Board for the Stimson Center’s UNSCR 1540 Assistance Support Initiative. She featured in the CSIS-Diversity in National Security 2021 U.S. National Security & Foreign Affairs Leadership List.
Sylvia has been a Janne Nolan Nuclear Security Fellow, CSIS Nuclear Scholar and a Mid-Career Fellow, India-US Fellow at New America, Accelerator Initiative Fellow at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, a Scoville Fellow at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. She also worked in New Delhi at the Observer Research Foundation on India-US defense and security ties.
Her publications include chapters in books, articles in journals, and commentaries/opinion pieces. She has been invited to present papers, deliver talks, and participate in crisis simulation and Track II dialogues at various national and international forums. Mishra holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hindu College, University of Delhi, an MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics and Political Science, and an M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Department of Defence, King’s College London.