Salma Malik holds a PhD in International Relations and serves as an Associate Professor at the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) in Islamabad, Pakistan. Additionally, she oversees the External Linkages directorate for the university. Her expertise lies in Conflict and Security Studies, as well as South Asian Affairs. Dr Malik is an alumna of Uppsala University, Sweden, and the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies (APCSS) in Hawaii. She actively participates in various forums, including the Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks, Social Sciences Research Council, WISCOMP, and WDN-USA. Before joining QAU, she worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan, from June 1996 to August 1999. Her publications encompass an edited volume titled ‘Pakistan’s Security Problems and Challenges in the Next Decade’ (October 2015), RCSS Policy Studies on ‘Small Arms and the Security Debate in South Asia,’ a co-authored study with USIP on ‘Mapping Conflict Trends in Pakistan,’ as well as articles in research journals, book chapters, and monthly columns.