Ms Sylvia Mishra is currently a Policy Advisor at the European Leadership Network (ELN) following several years working on the ‘Unpacking Technology Complexity & Approaches to Nuclear Policy Formulation’ project. In her role, she advises ELN leadership and other senior government stakeholders on emerging and disruptive technologies and its impact on national security, strategic stability, and transatlantic ties.
Sylvia’s primary role is now as a Senior Nuclear Policy Associate at the Institute of Security & Technology (IST). At IST, her research focuses on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation, nuclear risk reduction and crisis communications, Southern Asian security, emerging and disruptive technologies, and military innovation.
Sylvia is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program where she advises on the security dynamics and competition of the Southern Asian states. 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.
Over the last decade, some of Sylvia’s prior appointments has been of Janne Nolan Nuclear Security Fellow at the Truman Center, 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 defence 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 the 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 completing Ph.D. at the Department of Defence, Kings College London.