Rabia Zafar, Ph.D.

Fellow National Security Affairs
Rabia Zafar faculty photo


Rabia Zafar is a post-doctoral fellow in the National Security Affairs Department at the U.S. Naval War College. She teaches Security Strategies in both Theater Security Decision Making and National Security Decision Making. Professor Zafar’s research includes crime, religion and the business of violence in Pakistan. She has extensive field experience and has also served as an intelligence officer at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

Areas of Expertise

  • Counterterrorism
  • International Relations
  • Middle East
  • National Security
  • Pakistan
  • Terrorism

Professional Highlights


Post-doctoral Fellow, National Security Affairs

Teaching and research fellowship

PhD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Dissertation: "Enterprising Extremists: Crime, Religion, and the Business of Violence in Pakistan"

Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency

Joint Intelligence Task Force Combating Terrorism


Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Tufts University

M.I.A., School of International and Public Affairs - Columbia University

B.A., University of Virginia

Research Contributions and Publications

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