Ayesha Zafar is a columnist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She is a a student of International Relations at National Defence University. She is having multiple academic publications including research articles and book chapters. Presently, she is working with the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Thailand as a research editor. Her areas of interest include Middle Eastern politics, the geopolitics of Central Asia, and the Indo-Pacific region.