Iskander Rehman

Senior Fellow for Strategic Studies

Areas Of Expertise

  • Asia Politics and Security
  • Defense Planning
  • East Asia Politics and Security
  • India
  • National Security Strategy and Policy
  • Security In East Asia
  • South Asia Politics and Security
  • U.S. National Security Strategy

Iskander Rehman joined AFPC as a Senior Fellow for Strategic Studies in July 2020. His work focuses on applied history, grand strategy, and US defense strategy in Asia.

Dr. Rehman is also the founder of the Rochambeau Dialogue, a Track 1.5 Franco-U.S. defense dialogue held every year in Newport, RI.

Prior to joining AFPC, Dr. Rehman was the Senior Fellow for International Relations at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy. Over the course of his career, he has also held fellowships at the Brookings Institution, at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Dr. Rehman has also lived and worked in India, holding visiting fellowships at the Observer Research Foundation and at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, both in New Delhi.

He has published a number of think tank monographs, book chapters, and articles in journals such as SurvivalThe Washington QuarterlyThe Naval War College ReviewAsian Security,  India Review, and Texas National Security Review. He is a contributing editor for War on the Rocks, and his work has featured or been cited in The GuardianThe American InterestThe Financial TimesThe EconomistThe Indian ExpressLe MondeThe DiplomatThe National Interest, and BBC World, amongst others.

Dr. Rehman holds a BA, Masters of Science, Masters of Research (MRes) and Ph.D. in Political Science (with distinction and a specialization in Asia Studies) from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris, France.