Dr Sarah Ashraf

Dr Sarah Ashraf

PhD Alumni

Department of International History

Arabic, English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu
Key Expertise

About me

Dr Sarah Ashraf has over 10 years experience in managing and analysing sensitive material with regards to civil-military relations, insurgency, counter-insurgency, extremism, transnational jihadism and the ideological underpinnings of various forms of radicalism. She is affiliated with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) as Policy & Research Consultant. Her portfolio of research, public events and publications includes open and closed projects with governments, research and not-for-profit sectors. Sarah has a PhD in International History ('Of Military and Militancy in Pakistan: Rise of the Praetorian Military System and its relationship with Islamist Militancy), an MSc in Theory and History of International Relations with a focus on Political Islam, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA(Hons) in International Relations from Sussex University.


Expertise Details



Panels and talks

  • Expert Panel: ‘Jihad and Terrorism in Pakistan - The Case of Lashkar e Tayyiba’ – Chatham House, 27 September 2019
  • Panel: ‘Friends, Enemies or Just Neighbours: The Pakistan, Afghanistan and India Triangle’ – June 2019, LSE
  • Expert Panel: ‘Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyiba’ – April 2019, School of African and Oriental Studies, London
  • Expert Roundtable: ‘Conceptualising South Asia: A Roundtable Discussion’ – March 2019, LSE

  • Public Talk: ‘China Belt and Road Initiative: the Impact on Europe’– February 2019, Kings College London

Awards and other qualifications

  • LSE Excellence in Teaching Award
  • PGCert HE Qualification