Sylvia is a doctoral researcher at King’s College London, where her research focuses on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation, Southern Asian security, and emerging technologies. She co-chairs both the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Working Group for Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security (WCAPS) and the Indian Women in International Relations Forum at Global Policy Insights. A CSIS Mid-Career Cadre scholar, Sylvia was previously an India-US Fellow at New America, an Accelerator Initiative Fellow at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, a Scoville Fellow at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, a Carnegie New Leader. She also worked in New Delhi at the Observer Research Foundation on India-US defense and security ties.
Sylvia has been invited to present papers, deliver talks, and participate in crisis simulation and Track II dialogues at various national and international forums. Her publications include book chapters, journal articles, and opinion pieces, and she was featured in Women in Foreign Policy. She holds a BA in political science from Hindu College, University of Delhi, an MSc in international relations from London School of Economics, and an MA in nonproliferation and terrorism studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
I am most excited to work on projects that… create a policy impact, strengthen gender equities, and are inclusive in nature.
I am looking for partners who can help me… navigate government policymaking in DC on nuclear weapons issues, and collaborate on projects that help reduce dangers at the intersection of nuclear weapons and emerging technologies.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when India and the United States partner and work together on defense and intelligence issues to make the Indo-Pacific region more stable and secure, and specifically signed the 123 Nuclear Agreement.
Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… include understanding the future of war and how militaries prepare; reducing nuclear dangers arising from misperceptions, miscalculations, and a false sense of deterrence stability at the nexus of emerging technologies and nuclear weapons; and underwater drones, particularly their potential ability to swarm and communicate with each other and eventually hunt and detect nuclear submarines.