Sahil Shah

Senior Policy Advisor, CATALINK

Sahil V. Shah is a Senior Fellow and Program Manager at the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR)’s Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons.

Sahil came into his role at CSR after several years as a Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network (ELN), where he now serves as a Senior Iran Policy Advisor. While at the ELN, Sahil advised senior government officials and other stakeholders on strategic and nuclear risk reduction issues and convened international security dialogues. In particular, he led the organization’s efforts to strengthen nuclear and regional diplomacy with Iran and advised on other key areas of ELN engagement on non-proliferation, disarmament, and arms control issues.

Sahil is also a Senior Policy Advisor to the Institute for Security and Technology (IST) on its next-generation CATALINK hotline project and was an expert advisor on the Swiss national delegation to Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). He has also previously served twice as a Policy and Outreach Consultant to the Office of the Executive Secretary at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). In early 2022, Sahil was selected by the UK government as a delegate for the inaugural cohort of the Official P5 Young Professionals Network after being named the 2021 Gorbachev-Shultz Legacy Awardee and a 2021 Aspen Strategy Group Rising Leader.

Over the last decade, Sahil has worked closely with former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry as a member of the Perry Project Advisory Board, supported the Nuclear Security Project at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), co-directed the Stanford US-Russia Forum (SURF), and created and chaired the CTBTO Youth Group (CYG). His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, POLITICO, and more, and he regularly comments on security and defense issues to global media outlets. Sahil received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations and Politics as the Dorothy Bender Scholar to the University of Cambridge after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

From our Library


Iran, the JCPOA, and Holding Back a Breakout

Leah Walker, Ali Vaez, and Sahil Shah



Strategic Stability: Sahil Shah on Press the Button

Sahil Shah and Michelle Dover



Zoom Won’t Stop A Nuclear War

Sahil Shah and Leah Walker