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Sahil Shah

Senior Iran Policy Advisor

Sahil’s primary role is now as a Senior Fellow and Program Manager at the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR)’s Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons. He is also a Policy Advisor to the Institute for Security and Technology (IST) on its next-generation CATALINK hotline project.

Over the last decade, Sahil has worked closely with former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry as a member of the Perry Project Advisory Board, supported the Nuclear Security Project at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), co-directed the Stanford US-Russia Forum (SURF), and created and chaired the CTBTO Youth Group (CYG). He also served twice as a Policy and Outreach Consultant to the Office of the Executive Secretary at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

Sahil was recently selected as a delegate for the inaugural cohort of the Official P5 Young Professionals Network after being named the 2021 Gorbachev-Shultz Voices Youth Awardee and a 2021 Aspen Strategy Group Rising Leader. Sahil’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, POLITICO, and more, and he regularly comments on security and defense issues to global media outlets such as the BBC, Al Jazeera, and Sky News. He received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations and Politics as the Dorothy Bender Scholar to the University of Cambridge after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Content by Sahil Shah


Ok, Doomer! The NEVER Podcast – Nuclear War: What is it good for?

Listen to the second episode of the NEVER podcast – Ok, Doomer! In this episode, we explore nuclear war, the first man-made existential risk. Featuring an introduction to the topic, disarmament versus deterrence, how governments have dealt with issues such as proliferation, and how they should respond to them in future.