For the 2017-2018 academic year, Rizwan is a post-doctoral Visiting Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and a National Security Expert with Duco Experts. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he was a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Project on Managing the Atom and the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.

Rizwan’s doctoral dissertation, which he completed in 2017 at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, examined why Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan conducted nuclear weapons activities in the 1960s and 1970s, despite being under the protection of the U.S. nuclear umbrella.

His past work on nuclear issues has been supported by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Rizwan has also participated in workshops on nuclear issues and foreign policy challenges at the U.S. Air War College, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, American University, and UC San Diego.

Rizwan earned his PhD and MALD degrees from The Fletcher School and his BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology.