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Maria Sultan

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Maria Sultan
Alma materQuaid-e-Azam University
Known forWork in defence theory, second strike strategy and nuclear weapons
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical Science
InstitutionsNational Defence University[1]
Pakistan Naval War College
Quaid-e-Azam University
Command and Staff College[1]
University of Peshawar
Doctoral advisorShaun Gregory

Maria Sultan (ماريه سلطان), is a Pakistani political scientist, defense Analyst, television personality and the Director General of the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) which is a London-based institute with a subsidiary office in Islamabad, Pakistan since 2008.[2][3]


In the past, her media work has also included time as an anchor person in Pakistan's political television and radio programmes.[4]

Maria Sultan focuses on issues regarding nuclear issues and strategic stability. She told the Pakistani news media in Islamabad in 2008 that Pakistan's nuclear assets are not one man's property. A high-powered committee, called the National Command Authority, chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and includes the chiefs of the army, navy and air force, has the custodial control on Pakistan's nuclear assets.[2][1]

Maria Sultan has been affiliated with the Government of Pakistan, specifically serving as a civilian war strategist at the Ministry of Defence.[1][4]

Maria Sultan has also been actively involved with many Pakistani institutions. She is on the list of visiting faculty members/speakers at Foreign Service Academy, Islamabad, National Defence University, Pakistan, Pakistan Naval War College. She also is a guest lecturer at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and at Command and Staff College, Quetta.[1]

SASSI University[edit]

In 2015, a South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) University (also known by the short name as Sassi University) was launched in Islamabad with Maria Sultan as University Chairperson.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 CENESS, Russia. "Profile of Maria Sultan". Centre for Energy and Security Studies (Russia). Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nukes not to be affected by Musharraf's departure Dawn (newspaper), Published 19 August 2008, Retrieved 9 June 2018
  3. Staff. "Director General: Ms Maria Sultan". South Asian Strategist Stability Unit, Pakistan. Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Profile of Maria Sultan". Pakistan Herald. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. Ramzan Qadir (3 February 2015). "SASSI University launched in Islamabad". Pakistan Today (newspaper). Retrieved 9 June 2018.

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