Prior to joining Boeing, Rizwan was a Research Associate in the Security Studies Program at MIT, where he assessed the nuclear weapons proliferation implications of scaling and exporting new laser isotope separation technologies for uranium enrichment in the nuclear energy industry. While at MIT, he was concurrently a Visiting Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, Columbia University. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Rizwan 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. Earlier in his career, he was an analyst at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, in Seattle.
Rizwan’s 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 of Law and Diplomacy and his BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Rizwan’s doctoral dissertation 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 expertise is in nuclear weapons policy and technology, and his regional specialties include East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East.