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Muhammad Ali Baig

Research Associate

Areas of Research:

Indian Conventional Warfare and Doctrine, South Asia, and Asia-Pacific

Mr. Muhammad Ali Baig is working as a Research Associate at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI), Pakistan. He is a distinguished graduate of National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad, Pakistan. He possesses an M.Phil. in International Relations (Distinction) from NDU. He also holds an M.Sc. in International Relations (Distinction) from NDU. Moreover, he holds master’s degrees in Political Science, English (Linguistics and Literature), and History. He co-authored the book Realism and Exceptionalism in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Kissinger to Kerry (2020). He also writes for The Nation, Daily Times, Pakistan Observer, Pakistan Today, and Hilal Magazine. He can be contacted at and


Other Publications:

  1. “The Defence Needs of Azerbaijani Armed Forces for Peace, Security, and Stability,” Open Military Studies 1, no. 1 (2021). (De Gruyter).
  1. Artificial Intelligence: Exploring the Potential in Enhancing the Safety and Security of Nuclear Reactors in Security Issues in the Context of Political Violence and Terrorism of the 21st Century (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021).
  1. “Cold Start – Hot Stop? A Strategic Concern for Pakistan,” NDU Journal 34, (2020).
  1. “Why the Rising China Needs Alliances,” Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, DOI:10.1177/2057891120965712 (SAGE Publishers).
  1. “Redefining Terrorism: An Offshoot of Military Strategy,” IPRI Journal 20, no. 1 (Winter 2020).
  1. “Hitler’s Downfall and the Collapse of the Thousand Years Reich: Multi Fronts and Incapable Allies,” Open Military Studies 1, no. 1 (2020). (De Gruyter).
  2. “Trump’s False ‘Realism’,” International Bulletin of Political Psychology 20, no. 1 (2020).
  1. “Conventional Military Doctrines and U.S.-China Military Engagement in the West Pacific,” China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies 5, no. 3 (2019).
  2. Realism and Exceptionalism in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Kissinger to Kerry (Riga, Latvia: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2020).
  1. “An Analysis of North Korean Cyber Warfare Capabilities and Impact on USFK and USINDOPACOM,” Journal of Cyber Security Technology 3, no. 4 (2019). (Taylor & Francis).
  1. “Exceptionalism in US Foreign Policy: A Case Study of ISIS,” IPRI Journal 19, no. 1 (Winter 2019).
  1. “Shock and Awe – Rapid Dominance: Foundations and its Possible Execution Against North Korea,” Asian Profile 47, no. 3 (September 2019).
  2. “A Comparative Study of Blitzkrieg and Cold Start Doctrine: Lessons and Countermeasures for Pakistan,” IPRI Journal 18, no. 1 (Winter 2018).
  1. Review of The Third Option for the South China Sea: The Political Economy of Regional Conflict and Cooperation, by David Jay Green. Journal of Contemporary Studies 5, no. 2 (Winter 2016).

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